With Indiana’s casinos shut down at least through the end of March because of the coronavirus outbreak, operators of the Horseshoe Hammond Casino and the Four Winds Casinos have donated their food to assorted charitable groups.
Horseshoe Hammond donated 30,000 pounds of food to Campagna Academy in Schererville and Meals on Wheels, which each 15,000 pounds.
Dan Nita, regional president for Caesars Entertainment, said the donations are a part of the company’s shared mission of helping those in need.
“Meals on Wheels and Campagna Academy have a longstanding relationship with Horseshoe Hammond,” Nita said. “We are extremely happy to be able to work with such great partners, quickly getting perishable items to those who can use assistance at this critical moment.”
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi donated nine pallets of food totaling 7,450 pounds from its Four Winds Casino locations. The donation will be distributed to those in need throughout Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana by Feeding America and Cultivate.
The food items that were part of the donation included dairy products, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, baked goods, and fresh fish. Some donations were provided to Feeding America in Benton Harbor, Mich. and Cultivate in South Bend.
“Given the recent closure of our casino locations and the uncertainty of the evolving coronavirus situation, we felt compelled to donate these unused foods items as soon as possible so they could be used by community members in need,” said Matthew Wesaw, tribal chairman of the Pokagon Band. “We hope it will bring comfort to recipients during this challenging time.”
The Indiana Gaming Commission on March 16 ordered the state’s casinos and horse racing operations to close for 14 days as part of an overall effort to limit large public gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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