United Way hosting a spring food drive for much needed donations

Published: May. 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM CDT
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You've heard of the sequester hitting several local agencies, but the Tri-State Food Bank in particular is feeling the pinch.

So much so, in fact, that instead of having it's annual event where volunteers spruce up local non-profits, United Way is hosting a food drive Friday.

The Tri-State Food Bank serves 33 counties.

Last year state funding cut donations by 1.4 million pounds.

The sequester this year took away an additional 5 percent or about another half a million pounds of food.

That's why organizers of Friday's United Way Spring into Caring Food Drive hope the community will support it.

"I mean it will have a huge impact on kids who are at risk of hunger, and on their families. I mean when people are hungry that affects the whole community," says Mary Blair, Executive Director of the Food Bank.

The food drive goes from 9 until 4 p.m. Friday.

You can drop off donations at anyone of the following locations:

Atlas Van Lines: 1212 St. George Road
Ivy Tech: 3501 North First Avenue
Old National Bank: 200 Royal Avenue (at Virginia)
Tri-State Food Bank: 801 East Michigan Street
United Way SW Indiana: 501 NW 4th Street (Downtown Evansville)

Also, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Vectren will be accepting curbside donations along the Vine St. entrance to their downtown headquarters.