NEW BUFFALO, MI – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and its Four Winds Casinos announced a donation of 1,000 food boxes to those in need during the week of Thanksgiving. Each Thanksgiving food box includes a smoked ham, Idaho mashed potatoes, whole kernel corn, macaroni and cheese, pineapple slices, and cinnamon cream cheese muffins. Distribution will be completed through several organizations in Michigan and Indiana, and several Four Winds Casinos team members were at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana to hand out 200 food boxes.
Recipient organizations in Michigan include: Feeding America Michigan in Benton Harbor; Marcellus Community Food Pantry in Marcellus; Cooperating Ministries/Methodist Church in Hartford; Action Ministry Center in Dowagiac; Child and Family Services of Southwest Michigan; Lawrence United Methodist Church in Lawrence; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dowagiac.
Recipient organizations in Indiana include: Feeding America Indiana in South Bend; MAC Albright in Mishawaka; Broadway Christian Parish in South Bend; Clay Church in South Bend; First United Methodist Church in South Bend; and River Park Food Pantry in South Bend.
“The Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos are very proud to be able to continue our annual tradition of donating food items to those in need during the holiday season,” said Rebecca Richards, Tribal Council Chairwoman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. “We hope this offering will ease the burden and lift the spirits of individuals and families in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana. We would also like to thank our partner organizations who helped deliver the food baskets to those in need.”
“We would like to commend the proactive efforts of our Four Winds team members for procuring the necessary food items to provide complete Thanksgiving meals,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. “We are thankful for our partnerships with all of the organizations involved to help us reach a large number of communities in the region.”
“We are grateful for our continued partnership with the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos to feed the hungry,” said Marijo Martinec, Executive Director and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. “The need is so great and because of their generosity, many families struggling with hunger will have a delicious meal to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.”