The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is asking for additional donations as they adjusting their operations to meet increased demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They anticipate a demand increase of up to 50 percent due to the outbreak, which the charity says equates to approximately $140,000 of additional needed food and monetary donations from those who are able to help. Food Bank NWI says close to 100,000 of Region residents are already facing food insecurity, as quarantines and the stay-at-home mandate poses a significant risk of lost wages, further difficulty accessing enough food and an increased reliance on food banks to put food on their tables. According to a press release, Food Bank NWI estimates a need for an additional $43,000 a month to meet expected demands. They will continue to provide food assistance with their Mobile Market Food Distributions three times weekly at the Food Bank and various locations throughout Porter and Lake counties, emergency-worker food boxes, increased drive-through mobile-market distributions—including school sites—state-sponsored low-income-senior distributions and distributions aimed at helping those who have been laid off or are without work. You can visit the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana’s website for additional information. We also have a link at our website.