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Help us provide “1,000 Meals a Day in May”
for people facing hunger

Throughout the month of May, every First Financial banking center is accepting donations of non-perishable food and cash to benefit area organizations that fight hunger. The goal is to collect enough food and funds to provide at least 31,000 nutritious meals this month for kids and adults who struggle to get enough to eat.

Donations to charities that feed the hungry peak during the Christmas season and decline as the months go by. The need is especially great at this time of year because kids who depend on school nutrition programs may not have access to adequate food during summer vacation.

Remember to think healthy! People who lack the income to eat well are more likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure or other chronic health problems. Canned or packaged foods that contain low- or no-added salt and sugar are especially welcome.

Canned goods with pop-top lids are preferred over those that require a can opener. Due to risk of breakage, please avoid foods packaged in glass.

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Where to donate

You’ll find donation barrels for food and counter boxes for cash in every First Financial lobby. To make it easy to give, our associates will be outside, rain or shine, collecting cash donations in the bank’s drive-thru’s every Friday in May.

While all donations are appreciated, hunger relief organizations encourage monetary donations. These organizations purchase food in bulk at a low cost, so they can make a dollar go farther than a consumer can at a grocery store. On average, food banks in the United States are able to provide four meals for every dollar they receive. Cash also allows them to buy what is needed most, including fresh dairy products, eggs, bread and produce that food drives can’t supply.

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Organizations that will benefit

Our associates in each county chose local nonprofit organizations to receive the food and funds collected during the drive. Donations made in your county will stay in your county, and First Financial will also make a corporate contribution of at least $500 to each of the designated organizations. To encourage friendly competition among the banking centers, the corporate contribution will be $1,500 in both the Indiana and Illinois county that collects the most donations; $1,000 for second place; and $750 for third place.

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In Illinois

  • Champaign County
    Eastern Illinois Foodbank
  • Clark County
    Marshall Ministerial Alliance
  • Coles County
    Abundant Blessings Food Pantry of Maranatha Baptist Church
  • Crawford County
    Robinson Area Food Pantry
  • Franklin County
    Crosswalk Community Action Agency
  • Jasper County
    ERBA Food Pantry
  • Jefferson County
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
  • Lawrence County
    Fish and Loaves
  • Livingston County
    Livingston County Food Pantry
  • Marion County
    Salem Ministerial Alliance
  • Mclean County
    Midwest Food Bank
  • Richland County
    Good Samaritan of Richland County
  • Vermilion County
    Eastern Illinois Foodbank
  • Wayne County
    Fairfield Area Ministerial Alliance

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In Indiana

  • Clay County
    Clay County Food Pantry
  • Daviess County
    Feed My Sheep of Daviess County
  • Gibson County
    The Salvation Army
  • Greene County
    Worthington Son Shine Shop Food Pantry
  • Knox County
    Backpacks of Love
  • Parke County
    Parke County Food Pantry
  • Putnam County
    Putnam County Food Pantry
  • Sullivan County
    Brown Baggers of Sullivan County
  • Vanderburgh County
    Tri-State Food Bank
  • Vermillion County
    Vermillion County Food Pantry
  • Vigo County
    Catholic Charities Foodbank

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What to give

Most-wanted food donations include:

  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Peanut butter
  • Meals in a can (hearty soup, stew or chili)
  • Canned fruit packed in fruit juice or water
  • Canned vegetables with no salt added
  • Low-sugar, whole-grain boxed cereals
  • Whole-grain pasta and pasta sauces
  • Snacks for kids such as juice boxes with 100% juice, individual fruit cups, granola bars, and crackers with peanut butter
  • Biscuit or baking mixes that only require water to make
  • Cooking oils such as canola and vegetable oil

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