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As a result of this week's indictment against Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist, his wife and his stepdaughter on public corruption charges, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has suspended its contract with the Greater Hammond-Lake Station food pantry. Federal prosecutors allege Mayor Soderquest and his wife Deborah, the food pantry's director, used money from the city's food pantry account and the mayor's campaign fund for personal expenses, including gambling activities at casinos in Indiana and Michigan.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana reports no money was taken from the Food Bank and the Food Bank did not remove any food items that were donated by the general public, or food that had been received from the Food Bank through our other operations. The Food Banks says they were required by law to pick up the Emergency Food Assistance Program commodities product that had been supplied to this pantry when a pantry is suspended. The food will be redistributed back to the Lake Station community through their mobile pantry.
Board President Kevin DeVries says that, “Our commitment to Lake Station and all communities we serve---has not changed. We know that the more than 104,000 food insecure people we serve need our resources of food.”
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana will hold a food drive from May 1- May 30, the Times Care and Share Food Drive, please visit ÂÂÂ http://www.timescareandshare.com for more information. The drive will help to collect 1000 boxes of shelf stable food and 200 of those boxes will be donated to Lake Station community residents.
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