EVANSVILLE, IN – Tri-State Food Bank, Inc. has purchased a 3,600 square foot cold storage facility in Vienna which it had been leasing since early 2021 to distribute fresh produce to its partner agencies in southern Illinois.
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 marks the one year anniversary of the opening of the Fresh Produce Distribution Center, and Tri-State Food Bank, Inc. is celebrating with a private Ribbon Cutting Ceremony onsite at 12:15 p.m. that day as Tri-State Food Bank will take ownership of the facility and continue to supply those facing hunger in southern Illinois with nutritious fresh produce. The Fresh Produce Distribution Center is located at 310 Commercial Dr. in Vienna.
Tri-State Food Bank will name the Fresh Produce Distribution Center in honor of Andy Sisulak, who passed away suddenly on April 9, 2022. Glenn Roberts, Executive Director of Tri-State Food Bank, comments, “Though we knew Andy for a relatively short period of time, he was clearly a true champion for southern Illinois who worked tirelessly for the community, and he was instrumental in identifying the facility in Vienna and connecting Tri-State Food Bank with local stakeholders to make the operation a success.” Andy Sisulak had served as the Legislative Aide for State Senator Dale Fowler.
Senator Fowler stated, “Anyone who knew Andy, knew firsthand his giving heart and selfless nature. Andy dedicated his life to the people and communities of Southern Illinois, serving as the backbone for the Fowler Bonan Foundation. His contributions and memory will never be forgotten,” said Dale Fowler. “The dedication of this facility will serve as a great tribute to Andy’s legacy of volunteerism and philanthropy.”
Since operations began in April 2020, the Fresh Distribution Center has distributed over 301,000 pounds of food to 24 Tri-State Food Bank partner agencies in Illinois. Tri-State Food wishes to expand its presence in southern Illinois to close the meal gap for families struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table.
For more information about the Tri-State Food Bank, visit www.tristatefoodbank.org.