“The need is now,” said Dominic Mancuso, WTTV/WXIN’s general manager. “We asked the staff, can we turn this around quick, and they answered with a resounding ‘yes’.”
WTTV and WXIN, Nexstar’s CBS and Fox affiliates in Indianapolis (DMA 25), hosted a virtual food drive last Friday, April 10, that raised more than $219,000 for local food pantries.
Darius Johnson went behind the scenes at Lucas Oil Stadium to check out the temporary food distribution center, where efforts begin next week to pack 40,000 boxes per day for families in need. Let's help make that happen: https://bit.ly/34rC0MZ
Posted by FOX59 News on Friday, April 10, 2020
Food pantries in Central Indiana have seen a dramatic influx of hungry Hoosiers over the last several weeks due the COVID-19 Pandemic and the demand to feed them is only expected to increase.
The stations teamed up with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Midwest Food Bank Indiana Division for the Pack the Pantries virtual food drive.
“The need is now,” said Dominic Mancuso, WTTV-WXIN general manager.
“We asked the staff, can we turn this around quick, and they answered with a resounding ‘yes’.”
“As Gleaners has tripled our food distribution to approximately one million meals a week in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it is gratifying to see this unique central Indiana community rally around Gleaners with resources, volunteer time and critical expertise,” said John Elliott, Gleaners Food Bank president.
“With additional food and related costs above and beyond our existing budget now trending over $500,000 per week to serve our 21 counties, we need every dollar and every donor — and we will need them for an extended recovery period past the time the medical aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic subside.”
“This is an unprecedented time in our history that requires unprecedented support to address,” said John Whitaker, Midwest Food Bank’s executive director.
“If we all do our part to take care of our neighbors, we’ll all get through this and will continue to help feed those in need well beyond this current pandemic.”
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