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Volunteers help communities through the Northwest Indiana Food Bank

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — As grocery store prices rise, food banks across the country are seeing more families struggling to make ends meet.

To help, volunteers spent Wednesday afternoon sorting food into Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

Employees of Hammond The Horseshoe Casino has been busy packing boxes for the food bank to help reduce food insecurity this holiday season.

A group of casino employees come to the food bank every couple of months to lend a helping hand.

“I love it,” Monica Goins said. “It’s fun for me.”

On Wednesday, the group packed 155 boxes of healthy and nutritious food for the Commodity Supplemental Nutrition Program.

“We run the largest CSFP program in the state of Indiana, serving approximately 1,700 seniors each month, year-round,” said Victor Garcia, president and CEO of the food bank.

As inflation causes food prices to skyrocket, some food banks and charities in the country are experiencing higher levels of food insecurity.

Garcia said the food bank serves 40 to 50,000 people each month.

“Without our volunteers and our agency network, we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do day in and day out,” Garcia said.

Along with volunteering, the Horseshoe Hammond Team donated more than $10,000 and about 700 cans of food to the food bank.

“The more we can give, especially in tough times with inflation and food prices skyrocketing, it makes us feel really good to be able to do that,” Julie Vasich said.

The casino has between 6 and 7,000 volunteers who support the food bank each year.

Whether it’s your time or your money, whatever you can do to help is valuable and makes a difference, Goins said.

There is a food bank looking for more volunteers.

“If you don’t have the money to do it, donate your time,” Goins said. “It’s just as great.”


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