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Local food bank sends supplies to Oklahoma

The Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana has sent a semi full of nutritious snacks and ready-to-eat meals to help tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma – the first truckload of what could be several, officials said.

Community Harvest spent the week collecting donations, and the semi left Fort Wayne on Friday morning with over 21,000 pounds of food for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

“We have collected more than one truckload, and if more donations come in, we will continue offering it to OKC,” Community Harvest executive director Jane Avery said in a prepared statement. “It was important to get this load out the door quickly because they need it so badly right now. Their recovery will take a very long time.”

Community Harvest will keep accepting food donations, but cash is preferred. The group has already collected $1,865 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Checks can be written out to Community Harvest with “OK Tornado Relief” in the memo line, and they can be dropped off or mailed to the food bank at 999 E. Tillman Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816. Contributions can also be made at