Home Sweet Home Ministries and Midwest Food Bank have officially kicked off their annual Give Thanks campaign. During a press conference on Tuesday, Home Sweet Home’s Matt Burgess and Midwest Food Bank’s, Mike Hoffman, announced plans to collect 2,000 turkeys and other food items for Thanksgiving meals.
“We are really in need of the community’s support this year to provide turkeys and other meal items including canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, fried onions, and cranberry sauce,” says Mike Hoffman, Midwest Food Bank Director. “We all have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Please help us share the blessings this holiday season.”
Hy-Vee and Schnucks will be selling turkey cards and prepackaged meal bags. Anyone from the community can visit either of these locations and donate a turkey or bag. We’ll gladly accept drop-off donations at Midwest Food Bank located at 2301 Warehouse Drive in Normal or at Home Sweet Home Ministries located at 303 East Oakland Avenue in Bloomington. In addition, Bloomington Mission Mart will be selling Thanksgiving meal cards to benefit Home Sweet Home’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
“Home Sweet Home was founded on Thanksgiving Day 100 years ago. We graciously ask for the community’s help to continue on our history of providing those in need with access to warm meals this Thanksgiving. Our goal is to distribute 2,000 meal baskets complete with turkeys, 600 home delivered meals, and 150 in-house meals this year,” adds Home Sweet Home Ministries’ Chief Operating Officer, Matt Burgess.
Once all the turkeys and other food items are collected, volunteers will help sort and pack meal boxes at Midwest Food Bank.
Distribution days for families to pick up meal boxes will be:
-November 18th: 12 pm-4 pm
-November 20th: 2 pm-6 pm
Please note with Midwest Food Bank’s new location, we will be implementing a new drive-through style system. There will be no walk-in availability this year. Individuals are asked to bring a photo I.D. to register for a meal box on either distribution day.