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Casino partners with Foodbank of NWI on turkey giveaway

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on December 30, 2020 with No Comments

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, in partnership with the Foodbank of Northwest Indiana, recently handed out 400 turkeys to Gary area residents at a drive-through donation event.

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, in partnership with the Foodbank of Northwest Indiana, hosted a drive-through holiday giveaway of 400 turkeys to Gary residents at the construction site of the new casino on the southwest corner of Interstate 80/94 and Burr Street in Gary.

Victor Garcia, left, CEO of the Foodbank of Northwest Indiana, shakes hands with Matt Schuffert, right, president of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, along with Joseph Branchik, vice president of marketing for Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.

COVID protocols were top of mind at this morning’s event as staff members wore masks and practiced social distancing while distributing the turkeys. Recipients were asked to remain in their cars as volunteers from Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana and Foodbank of Northwest Indiana handed out the food in a drive-through set up in the parking lot of the new casino property.

According to Matt Schuffert, president of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, “We recognize that local residents are experiencing a great deal of food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. Many people have lost their jobs due to COVID and their needs have never been greater. Hopefully, a delicious turkey will provide a little joy as a gift to our new Gary neighbors.”

Since April of this year, the Foodbank of Northwest Indiana has seen the need for assistance increase 60 percent. In 2019, the food bank distributed 6 million pounds of food for the entire year, compared with the 10 million pounds of food they have distributed so far in 2020 while responding to the COVID crisis.

“The need for donations is at an all-time high,” said Victor Garcia, CEO of the Foodbank of Northwest Indiana. “With the increased demands due to the current economic crisis, we depend on the support of partners like Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana. We truly appreciate their involvement.”

People who would like to donate or volunteer to help feed the hungry can visit www.foodbanknwi.org or call 219-980-1777.

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