On Wednesday they delivered the food to St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and then distributed it into trucks and vans of local service groups.
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Tyra Jackson, executive director for the Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides about 5 million to 6 million pounds of food a year for Clark, Champaign and Logan counties, said she’s grateful Springfield was included in this year’s donation. Several agencies partnered with Second Harvest were among the eight local groups that received the donations.
“We can always use additional resources in our community,” Jackson said. “We have over 20,000 people in the Clark County community alone who wonder where their next meal is coming from.”
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Almost 16 percent of Clark County’s residents experience food insecurity, according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2017 study.
Though many people worry about providing toys for families during the holiday season, Jackson said putting a ham or turkey on a family’s holiday table can be just as meaningful.
“It’s not just a meal,” Jackson said. “It’s preparing it, the conversations, the memories that you build over the cooking and the eating and the preparation — it’s wonderful.”