Volunteers help feed families in need

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DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Families in need are getting some help with their Thanksgiving dinners.

Volunteers from ADM packed food baskets at the Northeast Community Fund for families facing food insecurity in Macon County. The company also presented the service organization with a $112,000 donation.

“We cannot operate here without good volunteers like ADM Cares,” says Northeast Community Fund Executive Director Ed Bacon. “Our mission is to assist needy families in the community with resources available in a caring and Christ-like manner. It’s contributions like this that make it possible for us to provide the resources we do.”

Those who volunteered packed “Thanksgiving Boxes” with essentials like ham, turkey, cranberry sauce, and more. The boxes will go to 500 families in need. It is a Community Fund tradition they have kept going since they opened in 1969.

As a company focused on food, ADM says the connection between the two was an easy one. That is why they wanted to help on top of their donation.

“At ADM one of our core values is food security,” Vice President of Supply Chain Alicia Ralston. “Making sure that people know where that next meal is coming from. In particular, where is that thanksgiving meal coming from is really important to our organization and the people of ADM.”

Families have already begun picking up their boxes. The Community Fund says they have a small paid staff, and they could not have finished them all without all the volunteers.

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