Food Bank of Northern Indiana Sees Slight Decrease in Annual State Funding Distribution

Indiana’s food banks were recently given $300,000 from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Locally, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, which serves Marshall, Starke, and four other counties, was given almost $35,000. Food Finders Food Bank, whose 16-county territory includes Pulaski and Fulton counties, has gotten nearly $28,000. The funding is part of the state budget approved by the Indiana General Assembly.

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City of LaPorte to Require Face Masks in Stores

The City of LaPorte will require the use of face masks in retail stores starting Sunday. In an executive order issued by Mayor Tom Dermody Friday, customers and employees will be required to use a face covering in enclosed businesses unless they have a medical exemption. However, those at high risk of COVID-19 complications are encouraged to avoid public gatherings as much as possible.

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Hot Buildings, Longer Processing Times Hinder COVID-19 Testing Efforts

A lack of air conditioning is creating challenges for Indiana’s COVID-19 testing. The state-sponsored sites run by OptumServe were initially set up in National Guard armories. The problem now, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, is that few if any of those buildings are air conditioned, and there are OSHA guidelines that have to be followed to keep the workers safe.

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