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Grim_Tracy 11.20.17

Volunteer Tracy Grim packs a food basket for a recipient in need at the Northeast Community Fund in this 2017 file photo. 

DECATUR — Two Central Illinois groups, including one in Decatur, are among 200 nationwide finalists for $25,000 State Farm grants.

In line for the Neighborhood Assistant grants are Mobile Food Pantry of Northeast Community Fund in Decatur and the Olympia Pacesetters 4-H Hunger Ambassadors and Emergency Mini Food Pantries of Helping Hands Community Center in Stanford, in McLean County.

Winners are determined by online voting, which runs Aug. 14-23 for people who are 18 or older with a valid email address.

The finalists were culled from among 2,000 applicants. Nineteen of the finalists are from Illinois: In addition to Decatur and Stanford, 11 finalists are from Chicago, with one each from Danville, Jacksonville, McHenry County, Melrose Park, Rockford and Springfield.

Voters are allowed up to 10 votes a day, which can be applied to a single cause or spread among favorites. The top 40 causes will be announced Sept. 25 at neighborhoodassist.com. That website is also where votes may be made.

The awards benefit "causes that would make a positive impact on their neighborhoods," according to a statement issued by the Bloomington-based insurer.

Previous winner have included the Twin Cities' Promise Council and Good Samaritan Inn of Decatur.

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