Central Illinois food trucks on way to serve tornado victims


PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) – Food is on the road from Central Illinois to help tornado victims in the Bluegrass State.

The first truck left from the Midwest Food Bank’s Peoria location Wednesday morning for a 24-hour round-trip journey to Bowling Green, Kentucky. It will be dropped off at a Salvation Army distribution center.

Steve Thurman is a volunteer driver who has delivered food to disaster zones for years. He says it is a fulfilling day of work.

“Our community is stepping up and providing supplies and people and resources,” volunteer driver Steve Thurman said. “We’re fortunate enough and blessed enough to go deliver it to those people that are in need, wherever that need may be.”

Thurman drove to Bowling Green with the first shipment Wednesday, but it is far from the Food Bank’s last shipment. They will send several more truck loads down in the next few days, ready to pack more over the next few weeks.

“We’ve had trucks come back, get loaded and go again… literally within 24 hours.”

Warehouse Manager Mark Vonachen says the disaster relief is on top of their normal holiday distribution to food pantries in Central Illinois. He hoped the food boxes will help give families in Kentucky hope,

“It’ll keep them going for a couple days until they can get reestablished, or we can get more food down there,” Vonachen said.

For information on how to donate, go to Midwest Food Bank’s website.

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December 15, 2021 at 08:33PM

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