Nexstar will donate $5,000 each to two food banks serving Indianapolis and central Indiana, on behalf of WXIN-TV FOX59 and WTTV-TV CBS4.
The Foundation will donate $5,000 to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and another $5,000 to Midwest Food Bank of Indiana. The donations are part of the television stations’ “Pack the Pantries” project, conducted annually to help local food pantries stock their shelves.
The donations will be used to help each food bank continue providing vitally needed food and supplies to needy families and fight food insecurity throughout central Indiana.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana: On a yearly basis, hundreds of thousands of hungry Hoosiers depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Gleaners supplies items to hunger relief agencies and schools throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana.
“Over the years – and certainly in the past few months – many partners have come forward to help us serve hungry Hoosiers,” said John Elliott, President/CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. “It would be difficult to find a more loyal and impactful partner than Fox59 and their ongoing efforts to Pack the Pantries. In 2020 alone, the two Pack the Pantries initiatives have helped us to provide nearly a million meals. These events highlight our mission and bring the community together.”
Midwest Food Bank of Indiana: Midwest Food Bank currently distributes over $23 million worth of food to over 2,000 non-profits each month. They stand ready for disaster relief efforts and can get food-filled relief boxes to those in need, within 24 hours. Nearly $280 million worth of food was distributed in 2019. Midwest Food Bank of Indianapolis provides food to over 300 agency partners in over 70 counties in Indiana.
“Many thanks to Fox59 and Nexstar Broadcasting, as they once again provide timely support for Midwest’s mission to bridge the gap between prosperity and poverty in our community,” John Whitaker, Executive Director Midwest Food Bank Indiana Division.
“This year’s Pack the Pantries event was truly one to remember. Through their efforts they have once again provided a way for us to step up and help record numbers of Hoosiers facing food insecurity in our community during this lingering pandemic. Their wonderful gift of $5000 will be used to purchase much needed protein items such as canned meat and peanut butter which are in short supply in most pantries we serve. Please accept our heartfelt thanks on behalf of those we serve who will receive nourishment and a measure of hope through your generous gift.”
Commenting on the donations, Dominic Mancuso, Vice President and General Manager of FOX59 and CBS4 said, “The economic impact of the COVID19 pandemic has hit Indiana hard, and some people who never worried about putting food on the table, are now finding themselves visiting a food pantry for the first time.
“The Pack the Pantries project has been active for a few years now, but in 2020 we saw the need rise to an unprecedented level. We doubled down on our efforts to help hungry Hoosiers, holding an emergency food drive in April, and another in June, and raised $340k to support Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Midwest Food Bank of Indiana.
“Giving back to the local communities served by Nexstar in 115 markets across the country is core to the company’s mission and we are proud to make this donation of $10,000 on behalf of FOX59 and CBS4, Nexstar Media Group, and all of Nexstar’s 13,000 employees.”
The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation’s mission is to contribute to and work with public charities and non-profit organizations to improve the communities in which Nexstar Media Group Inc. and its subsidiaries do business. The foundation was originally established in 1958 and it makes donations of approximately $350,000 annually.