From left, volunteers Amber Evans of Normal, then-Salvation Army of McLean County Social Service Director Gaby Bontea and Bob and Reenie Bradley of Bloomington fill drawstring bags with materials on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at Midwest Food Bank, Normal, for survivors of Hurricane Florence. Midwest Food Bank announced on Tuesday that it had received a $130,000 grant from State Farm.

NORMAL — Midwest Food Bank, based at 2031 Warehouse Road, has received $130,000 from State Farm through its Good Neighbor Citizenship philanthropy program.

The food bank announced the grant from the Bloomington-based insurer on Tuesday. The money will be applied to Midwest Food Bank's food distribution to agencies, disaster relief and other food security programs.

"State Farm has a long history of supporting our efforts to help those in need,"  Jada Hoerr, Midwest Food Bank development and relations director, said in a  statement. "State Farm employees truly are good neighbors, giving financially and through volunteer hours."

State Farm Senior Vice President Annette Martinez said "For years, State Farm has proudly maintained strong relationships with local organizations, including Midwest Food Bank. This is our latest effort to help support the professional and educational needs of our community and make a sustained, positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in the Bloomington-Normal area."

In December, Midwest Food Bank announced that it had received $40,000 in charitable gifts from Bloomington-based Growmark Foundation throughout 2018 and that the food bank's Peoria, Arizona and East Africa locations had received three grants totaling $306,000 from Peoria-based Caterpillar Foundation.

Midwest Food Bank has 10 locations in the United States, Africa and Haiti. The food bank's mission is to alleviate hunger by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites at no cost to recipients.

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