Local News: Midwest Sterilization Food Bank Donation to Help Feed Area Families (1/18/22)

Jackson’s Midwest Sterilization donated $25,000 to the Southeastern Missouri Food Bank to help acquire and distribute food to area families facing hunger. From left to right, Karen Eldridge, president and CEO of Midwest Sterilization; Eric Sisk, director of corporate operations; and Joey Keys, CEO of SEMO Food Bank.

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Midwest Sterilization recently donated $25,000 to the Southeast Missouri Food Bank to help feed children, seniors, veterans and families facing hunger in Southeast Missouri. .

“This is our third year supporting the Southeastern Missouri Food Bank, and we are doing it because food is the most basic basic need,” said Karen Eldridge, President and CEO of Midwest. Sterilization. “We think it’s important that everyone has enough to eat and that it’s important for us as a company to support our community.”

The food bank will use the funds to acquire and distribute food in the 16 southeast Missouri counties it serves. This is done through the food bank’s network of 143 pantries, mobile food distributions, weekend student food backpacks, and other programs.

“With rising food and fuel prices, this has been a tough year for many families,” said food bank CEO Joey Keys. “We serve an average of 70,000 people each month and have spent nearly three times as much on food this year as we did before the pandemic.”

One in six families and one in five children in Southeast Missouri are considered food insecure, meaning they lack the resources to acquire enough healthy food for the family.

Midwest Sterilization has been providing equipment sterilization services to the medical device manufacturing industry for over 30 years. The women-owned company employs 200 people and is responsible for sterilizing more than 40% of the country’s sterile procedure trays as well as dental instruments, dialysis tubing and implantable devices, such as pacemakers.

Anyone interested in donating to the SEMO Food Bank can do so by making a tax-deductible contribution, donating food or volunteering can visit www.SemoFoodBank.org for more information.

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