Mobile Food Pantry
In 2010, Central Illinois Foodbank began operating the Mobile Food Pantry. Mobile Food Pantries are used to distribute a large amount of food in an extremely short period of time. Central Illinois Foodbank partners with a host site to secure a parking lot and volunteers to assist in distribution. The Foodbank utilizes the Mobile Food Pantry program to serve rural, under-served areas where distances between food pantries may be extreme. On average, the Mobile Food Pantry will distribute around 12,000 pounds of food in under two hours.
In partnership with Springfield Urban League, Central Illinois Foodbank operates a Kids Cafe. All children ages 2-17 are welcome to enjoy a warm, nutritious evening meal at the Kids Cafe every Monday-Friday. Anywhere from 75-100 children regularly attend. In addition to providing children with a healthy supper, the Kids Cafe is a safe place for children to go after-school. The Urban League Teen Reach program offers homework help, computer skills, and nutrition education.
- Boys and Girls Club, 300 S. 15th, Springfield, IL 62703. Meal served M-F 5:15-5:45.
- Brandon Court, #9 Brandon Dr., Springfield, IL 62703. Meal served M-F 5:00-5:30.
In accordance with Federal law and USDA policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pr disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Roghts, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250 or call 800.795.6382. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
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Retail Store Donation
In fiscal year 2012, we saved 2 million pounds of food from landfills. We couldn't save food without the volunteers who staff our local retail program. When grocery stores and restaurants have food that they cannot sell (but is still good), they used to have to toss it in the dumpster. Now, thanks to the retail program, that product is being given to people who are hungry. This is the first prepared and perishable food rescue program in Central Illinois. Every day our Foodbank volunteers collect from local grocery stores, distributors, and manufacturers.
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