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Central Illinois Foodbank receives grant from Conagra Brands Foundation to help people who face hunger in central and southern Illinois

Central Illinois Foodbank receives grant from Conagra Brands Foundation to help people who face hunger in central and southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL, (June 3, 2019) — Central Illinois Foodbank today announced a grant from Conagra Brands Foundation to help provide food to children and families facing hunger. This grant will enable the Foodbank to improve efficiency by way of technology using Link2Feed software. By reducing the amount of time agencies and Foodbank staff spend on paperwork, more time can be spent on other tasks that would better benefit the people being served.

“Hunger affects people from all walks of life in every county of the United States, including central and southern Illinois,” said Virginia Ferguson, Program Manager of Central Illinois Foodbank. “With the Conagra Brands Foundation’s commitment, we will be able to better serve children and families who may not know where they will find their next meal.”

One in 8 people in central and southern Illinois faces hunger. Conagra Brands Foundation has partnered with Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, to help address this issue in local Conagra communities.

Central Illinois Foodbank is one of 31 Feeding America food banks that have received a capacity building grant, funded by the Conagra Brands Foundation.


About Central Illinois Foodbank

Central Illinois Foodbank, established in 1982, distributes 9 million pounds of food annually to over 160 food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs and after-school programs in a 21-county region. Central Illinois Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. The mission of the Foodbank is to provide food, and develop awareness of and creative solutions for food insecurity.

About Conagra Brands Foundation

Conagra Brands Foundation believes everyone has a right to healthy and nutritious food knowing that food insecurity exists in every U.S. county. To make an impact and raise awareness of food insecurity, the Conagra Brands Foundation engages our employees, partners with leading local and national nonprofits, and inspires others to create a world where people have access to the food they need to reach their full potential. The Conagra Brands Foundation develops national partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations to leverage expertise and resources that ensure people have access to quality, wholesome food and knowledge to live healthy, active lives. Conagra Brands Foundation partners with Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the U.S. For more information, please visit The Conagra Brands Foundation is funded by Conagra Brands.


About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.