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Triple Your Donation This Holiday Season with the Bank of America 2 to 1 Match!
Head to www.bankofamerica.com/give and follow the instructions below.
Make sure that you click to direct your donation to your local food bank!
After the step of designating your donation enter your payment information and your donation
to the Foodbank will be tripled by Bank of America!
There is a $1,000 match cap per donor. This opportunity ends on December 31st so make sure you donate today!
Corporate Food Fight Challenge Raises Over $24,000
Central Illinois Foodbank held its 9th Annual Corporate Food Fight Challenge over the summer with 20 businesses participating in the food, funds, and friends drive. This year $24,767 was raised by the businesses, along with 353 volunteer hours logged and over 9,700 pounds of foo donated.
The 2016 champion was Hickory Point Bank & Trust who held a ping pong tournament that raised nearly $2,300. The Hickory Point Bank staff also donated 252 pounds of food and put in over 105 hours of volunteering. “We are pleased to help Central Illinois Foodbank, and the Corporate Food Challenge allows Hickory Point Bank colleagues a way to contribute and be involved in the community,” said Jan Schramm, Hickory Point Bank & Trust Vice President. “We have a good track record for sponsoring community events, and the Corporate Food Challenge is an opportunity to reinforce that commitment. We look forward to participating again next year.”
The Corporate Food Fight Challenge made its return in 2015 after a brief hiatus, and in 2016 doubled the dollars raised. “We have been fortunate to have great support from companies in central Illinois and I think this year’s Corporate Food Fight Challenge proves that” said Central Illinois Foodbank executive director, Pam Molitoris. “We want to thank all of the companies that participated this year, and give a special congratulations to Hickory Point Bank & Trust on winning the challenge.”
The 2015 champion PFA Tax and Accounting Professionals finished second place this year, while Express Employment Professionals took home third.
Walmart's Fight Hunger.Spark Change. Begins 2016 Campaign
Walmart is once again partnering with Feeding America to fight hunger in our communities. There are several ways you can help out now through April 25th. First, just simply look for the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. displays at your local Walmart stores. When you purchase one of the 239 qualifying items from Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, the Kraft Heinz Company, or PepsiCo the companies will make a donation to help fight hunger. Second, you can donate at the register to help in your local community. Third, through the social media challenge you can use the #FightHunger on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to generate a 90 cent donation from Walmart to Feeding America food banks. For more information on how you can help fight hunger and spark change in your community click here: www.walmart.com/fighthunger
Qik-n-EZ Partners with Prairie Farms to Support Foodbank
Milk is essential to a healthy diet and most often one of the hardest items for Central Illinois Foodbank to obtain. To help the Foodbank provide more milk to the nearly 116,000 food insecure people throughout central Illinois, Qik-n-EZ has teamed up with Prairie Farms this spring.
For every gallon of Prairie Farms milk that is purchased at Qik-n-EZ 50 cents will be donated to the Foodbank. There is also an incentive for the customer-they will receive 50 cents off of every gallon of Prairie Farms milk that they purchase from participating Qik-n-EZ stores. The Foodbank will use the money that is raised through this promotion to purchase milk that will be distributed throughout 21-counties.
List of Participating Qik-n-EZ Stores
Jersey Mike's and Central Illinois Foodbank Partner for Month of Giving
Central Illinois Foodbank is joining forces with Jersey Mike's Subs for the 6th Annual March "Month of Giving" fundraising campaign.
During the month of March customers can make a donation to Central Illinois Foodbank at the Jersey Mike's restaurant in Springfield.
The campaign will culminate in Jersey Mike's "Day of Giving" on Wednesday, March 30, when Jersey Mike's will donate 100 percent of the day's sales-every single dollar that comes in- to Central Illinois Foodbank.
"We are thrilled to be a part of Jersey Mike's Month of Giving for the second year in a row. In 2015, over $3,600 was raised for the Foodbank through this campaign, which equates to 18,000 meals on the tables of those in need," said Central Illinois Foodbank executive director Pam Molitoris.
Throughout the country, on Day of Giving, Jersey Mike's locations will donate 100 percent of sales to more than 180 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.
6 Year Old Collects Food for His Birthday Instead of Presents
Rutger Armbruster turned 6 on December 20th. When the party invitation went out
there was no list of what the birthday boy would want just a note to bring
food to donate to Central Illinois Foodbank. That was Rutger's birthday wish and
when asked why he replied "Because some people don't have food." Rutger
donated 50 pounds of food to the Foodbank, which is more than the 6 year old weighs!
Check out a video of Rutger dropping off his donation below!
Illinois Pork Producers Donate 5,550 Pounds of Pork
As part of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign,
the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), along with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board
and the Illinois Soybean Association donated 5,550 pounds of ground pork
to the Foodbank on November 17th.
This pork donation is part of a larger donation totaling more than 55,000
pounds of ground pork that will be donated to eight regional food banks in the state of Illinois.
UIS Collects 9,000 Pounds of Food for This Year's Trick or Treat for Canned Goods
UIS students volunteered their time on Saturday, October 31st to once again collect canned
goods for Central Illinois Foodbank in their annual Trick or Treat for Canned Goods event.
The students collected 9,000 pounds of food this year by going to selected neighborhoods
in Springfield collecting canned food and other items.
Hy-Vee is matching the students pound for pound this year for agrand total of
18,000 pounds of food collected.
Central Illinois Foodbank get $7,500 from Subway's You Share We Share Campaign
Central Illinois Foodbank teamed up with Subway this summer for their You Share We Share campaign.
A portion of weekend sales from April through August went to Central Illinois Foodbank and Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
All together the food bank's received $15,000, which was split evenly between the two food banks.
Central Illinois Foodbank received their $7,500 check on October 24th.
Walmart's Fight Hunger. Spark Change Raises Over $45,000
Our Fight Hunger. Spark Change. 2015 campaign brought in over $45,000 this year!
on October 20th at Walmart on 6th Street in Springfield we were presented our check
along with Midwest Foodbank and Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
We were joined by Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder and
Senator Sam McCann as well as Walmart Market Manager, Susan Farr.
Corporate Food Fight Challenge Wraps Up
Our Corporate Food Fight Challenge wrapped up this month with 15 local businesses collecting a
total of 24,813 pounds of food, $12,000 raised, and 338 hours volunteered at the Foodbank.
PFA Tax and Accounting Professionals took home first place with 1,180 pounds of donated food,
$1,775 raised, and 58 hours volunteered at the Foodbank.
Bank of America is Tripling Donations Made to the Foodbank
We have an exciting opportunity to raise $75,000! Beginning Tuesday, September 1st for every
$1 you donate to Central Illinois Foodbank, Bank of America will match $2 more to fight hunger
here in central Illinois.
It's very simple- just go to www.feedingamerica.org/bankofamerica.org and choose your
local food bank (Central Illinois Foodbank) to make a credit card donation.
So here's the fine print:
- Bank of America will match up to $25,000 in individual donations per food bank. If we reach
our maximum, we will receive a total of $75,000. The match cap for the campaign is $1.5 million.
- Individuals may make one donation that will be matched 2:1 up to $1,000 (matchis $2,000).
The minimum donation is $5.00.
- Please make sure you are using an individual credit card and not a business credit card as those
donations are not eligible for the match.
- The donations will be disbursed to the local food bank by billing zip code. If you don't
choose a local food bank, the donation will be directed to Feeding America.
- If you do not want to receive solicitations from Feeding America, you will need to uncheck the box (opt out).
We are competing against Feeding America and over 200 other food banks. During the webinar
over 230 staff members were listing in. It is imperative that we act quickly to secure our maximim match.
When the $1.5 million match is reached, the opportunity is gone. Our goal is to complete this campaign
by Friday, September 4th.
September is Hunger Action Month. Below is a calendar with suggestions on how you
can take action to end hunger in central Illinois!
Sammy Hagar made a tour stop at the Illinois State Fair August 14th and made a special donation to Central Illinois Foodbank.
The Red Rocker has long supported food banks throughout the country and he continued that by
donating $2,500 to Central Illinois Foodbank.
With the money 12,500 meals can be provided to those throughout the Foodbank's 21-county region.
Corporate Food Fight Challenge
What is the Corporate Food Fight Challenge?
CFFC is a fun, innovative food drive competition between businesses and organizations in our community to benefit Central Illinois Foodbank.
List of Participants
Bank of Springfield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Express Employment Professionals-418.91 points
Harold O'Shea Builders
Hickory Point Bank and Trust
The Horace Mann Companies-54.52 points
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies
Kincaid Generation, LLC.
Marine Bank-14.68 points
PFA Tax & Accounting Professionals
United Community Bank
Woodforest National Bank, North Dirksen
Central Illinois Food bank's sound fiscal management practices and
commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star
rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Central Illinois Foodbank has earned this top
distinction. Only three percent of the charities that Charity Navigator
rates have received at least six consecutive 4-star evaluations.
"It's important our donors trust that we're using our funding wisely to
accomplish our goal of feeding those who are hungry in central Illinois,"
said Pam Molitoris, Central Illinois Foodbank executive director.
"Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating, along with our top five rating as
a Top-Notch charity demonstrates to our supporters that we take our
financial and administration responsibilities very seriously."
Central Illinois Foodbank's rating and other information about charitable
giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.
Prairie Heart Institute generously donated an Automated External Defibrillator or AED.
Safety for our staff and our volunteers is a huge priority and this AED machine
will certainly give us peace of mind in case of an emergency.
June is National Dairy Month and you can help the Foodbank just buy purchasing Prairie Farms milk! On the cap of every half gallon and gallon of Prairie Farms Milk is a sticker. All you have to do is peel that sticker off log onto Prairiefarms.com/getrealgiveback, find Central Illinois Foodbank as your charity of choice and Prairie Farms will donate ten cents for every code entered for the Foodbank!
CHS Shipman Donates over $11,000 Through Harvest for Hunger
For the 3rd year Shipman Grain Elevator participated in Harvest for Hunger raising funds for Central Illinois Foodbank.
The annual campaign has raised over $29,000 for the Foodbank in three years.
You Share. We Share
SUBWAY® restaurants located in the Champaign-Springfield-Decatur areas are joining forces with Eastern Illinois and Central Illinois Food Banks to give back to the local community. From April 15th to August 31st, more than 130 local SUBWAY® restaurants will participate in the “You Share. We Share.” campaign to help support Eastern Illinois and Central Illinois Food Banks.
The “You Share. We Share” campaign encourages the community to get out and share their weekends with SUBWAY® restaurants, and SUBWAY® will share right back by donating a percentage of weekend sales, up to $15,000, directly to Eastern Illinois and Central Illinois Food Banks. As locally owned and operated franchises, SUBWAY® is excited to be able to further its commitment to the local community.
Fight Hunger. Spark Change.
Help us to get funds from Walmart's Fight Hunger. Spark Change. this spring! There are three easy ways you can help.
1) Donate at the register.
2) Purchase selected items at Walmart.
3) Take a picture of 6 people and use #WeSparkChange when you post it to Facebook or Twitter
Click the link below for more information on how you can Fight Hunger. Spark Change.
Fresh Apples and Grapes Handed Out at Two Springfield Elementary Schools
Who syays kids don't like nutritious snacks? Thanks to a grant, Central Illinois Foodbank was able to pass out fresh apples and grapes to over 1,000 students at Feitshans Elementary School and Harvard Park Elementary School in Springfield. According to the 2014 Hunger Study 64% of those surveyed said they want more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Congressmen Rodney Davis and John Shimkus Stop By the Foodbank
In February the House passed H.R. 644, the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2015. The bill improves and makes permanent a number of tax rules governing charitable donations and charitable organizations. Congressman Rodney Davis and Congressman John Shimkus both voted in favor of the bill and made a visit to Central Illinois Foodbank on Friday. "After touring facilities like this it's a common sense provision that we tried to pass. It's going to make a tax break permanent for those who donate packaged food, all we have to do is walk through your warehouse and you see what companies like DOT Foods are able to do and they ought to be able to plan for that," said Congressman Rodney Davis. It wasn't all business with the Congressmen they even had a little fun competing to see who would stay in the freezer longer at -10 degrees. They decided to call it a draw and walk out at the same time.
Central Illinois Foodbank Partners with WICS for Joy of Sharing Event
Central Illinois Foodbank was chosen as one of three charities to benefit from WICS-TV's Joy of Sharing Event on December 5th at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Generous members from the community stopped by to drop off food and money to benefit the Foodbank this holiday season. Central Illinois Foodbank received over 2,000 pounds of food and over $1,500 in the one day event.
Rotary Club of Springfield Gives Big on 'Giving Tuesday'
For the second year in a row the Rotary Club of Springfield offered the option during their annual citrus sale to purchase a $20 box of citrus to be donated to Central Illinois Foodbank. While it was an immediate success in its’ first year with over 2,000 pounds donated, the second year of this partnership is even greater. “We are extremely happy that the combined efforts of the Downtown Rotary Club and the Sunrise Rotary Club have led to a record setting donation of over 5,000 pounds of fresh fruit for distribution to Central Illinois Foodbank.” said Harry Mitchell, President of the Downtown Rotary Club of Springfield. “Our motto as Rotarians is “service above self” and supporting the Foodbank is one of many ways we follow the spirit of that motto.”
Central Illinois Foodbank’s primary focus is the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables. According to Hunger in America 2014, 64% of the people who visit pantries in central Illinois want access to more fresh fruits and vegetables. “We were thrilled to partner with the Rotary once again this year. During the winter months fresh fruits and vegetables become quite expensive to bring into the Foodbank and this donation will mean that we can provide extra produce to those in need this winter.” said Central Illinois Foodbank executive director, Pam Molitoris.
Help Central Illinois Foodbank Receive $60,000
Starting Monday, September 15th through Monday, October 5th log onto www.walmart.com/fighthunger and vote for Central Illinois Foodbank. If we are one of the top 50 food banks in the country in voting we will receive $60,000 from Walmart. You can place one vote every 24 hours. Please help us feed those in need in Central Illinois.
Hunger action Month Activities Calendar
Hunger in America Study 2014 Released
Hunger Study 2014 is a nationwide study conducted every four years by Feeding America in conjunction with Westat. In a four month span we sat down with individuals who visit our agencies to find out details about their lives and why they are food insecure. We are currently seeing 14,500 different individuals per week visting our agencies throughout our 21 county service area. To see the complete findings from Central Illinois Foodbank's 21 county area for Hunger in America 2014 click here: Hunger Study 2014.
Prairie Farms Donates 500 Gallons of Milk
Prairie Farms delivered 500 gallons of donated milk to Central Illinois Foodbank Monday, June, 30th. On average a person utilizing food assistance agencies receives just one gallon of milk a year.
Our Caps Your Cause
Milk is often one of the most requested products at our food pantries, but it's also one of the hardest to come by. June is National Dairy Month and we have teamed up with Prairie Farms for Our Caps Your Cause. Just visit the link below to enter codes from the top of your milk containers and Central Illinois Foodbank will receive 10 cents for every code. It takes just 25 codes to provide one meal.
The Feinstein Challenge
For the 17th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among non profit hunger fighting agencies throughout the United States in an effort to help them raise more money for their organizations. Central Illinois Foodbank will join in the challenge, which takes place March 1st-April 30th. Donations made to the Foodbank during the two month period need to be specified for the Feinstein Challenge and can come in the form of cash, checks, or food items (valued at $1.00 per item or pound). You can submit donations online, through the mail, or stop by the Foodbank Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:30pm.
The Great Turnip Harvest
The Farm Service Agency Community Garden brought in the last harvest of the year--with over 15,000 pounds of turnips. Overall, they grew and donated over 17,500 pounds of produce throughout the growing season. This project and ones like it are a fantastic way to provide
fresh, local produce to our partner agencies. Way to go!
The Illinois Pork Producers recently donated 5,200 pounds of ground pork to the Foodbank through their annual "Pork Power" initiative. Partners such as the Illinois Soybean Association and the Illinois Meatpackers Association also joined in the presentation held at the Foodbank.
Join us for the 15th Annual Harvest Ball
For reservations, please call Heather Austiwck at 217-522-4022. Tickets are $100 per person.
UIS Students Volunteer for Sort-off Challenge
A group of 10 UIS students came to the Foodbank as our first competitors in the sort-off challenge during Hunger Action Month. In one hour, they sorted an entire truckload of assorted product! Sorting is a day-to-day volunteer need at the Foodbank, and we'd love to have you stop by and lend a hand or bring your group. Just call 217.522.4022 for more information.
More Sweet Corn
For the second year in a row, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation has planted sweet corn for the Foodbank on its Decatur, Illinois farm. With help from more ideal weather conditions this year, the approximately ten acres of harvested crop have provided thousands of pounds of fresh produce for the 150 partner agencies the Foodbank works with in a 21 county region.
Open House a Success
On July 25th, nearly 300 guests from the community visited the new Foodbank facility for tours, good conversation, and a glimpse into our world. Jersey Mike's and Springfield Pepsi provided refreshments, and tours were given for the full duration of the event. If you missed out on the open house, please call 217.522.4022 to schedule a tour.
Community Gardens Impact Communities throughout 21 Counties
A recent visit to the Bountiful Basket garden in Petersburg, IL gave us an inside look into a community garden outside the Springfield area that is working hard to give back to those in need. Now in its third year (and thanks to some guidance from the Farm Service Agency Community Garden) this Menard County project has expanded the garden and has more volunteers than ever. Even some of the recipients are coming as early as 6 am to help weed the garden. We'd love to hear about your community garden, too! E-mail us your story.
Bountiful Basket Community Garden
Foodbank Scores Even Higher through Charity Navigator
This year, Central Illinois Foodbank was awarded a 69.8 out of 70 by Charity Navigator, an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates American non-profits. Its stated goal is "to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities."
This four star rating demonstrates a high level of fiscal responsibility as well as efficiency within the organization. Read the full report here.
Front Desk Volunteers Needed
We are in search of volunteers to greet the public at the front entrance M-F from 7:30-4:30. These shifts can be arranged to fit your schedule, and a desk/cubicle and chair is provided--no need to be on your feet! Feel free to bring a friend. Duties include: Front entry door access, volunteer sign-up, and phone answering. Please call 217-522-4022 if you are interested in assisting.
Today marks the first day the Foodbank is open to the public and agencies in the new building at 1937 East Cook. Take a video tour.
JOB OPENING: School Breakfast Coordinator
Central Illinois Foodbank is seeking a School Breakfast Coordinator. Requirements: BA in Education/related field, excellent customer service, organizational, verbal and written communications skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently. Qualified candidate demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and possess a valid driver’s license. Travel will be required and basic knowledge of federal school breakfast programs preferred. FT Contractual. Reply with cover letter and resume to: Manager of Food and Agency Relations, P.O. Box 8228, Springfield, IL 62791. EOE
Foodbank to Move Week of 5.27
The Foodbank will be closed May 30-31st to the public to conduct inventory and move into the new facility at 1937 East Cook. We will be closed to agencies all week. Phone lines will be down as well on the 30th and 31st. We will reopen on Monday, June 3rd. Thank you for your patience as we undergo an exciting change!
For photos of the building's progress, visit our Facebook page.
Filming for Illinois Stories
Mark McDonald and his filming crew from WSEC visited the community garden at Rochester United Methodist church where gardener Dan Strick harvests an organic crop for the seniors of the congregation. He also brings excess produce to the Foodbank. Mark spoke with the gardener, some of the seniors who reap the benefits of the garden, and also visited the new Foodbank facility.
Air dates: Thursday, May 2, 7:00 PM; Sunday, May 5, 4:00 PM; Monday, May 6, 6:30 PM.
Volunteers Needed for 2014 Hunger Study
The 2014 Hunger Study is a nationwide survey helps Feeding America and its networks of Foodbanks better understand the agencies they work with to provide hunger relief and the clients that receive their services. The data collected will educate donors and the public about the scope of services provided by Foodbanks and to advocate for government assistance.The Central Illinois Foodbank is proud to be a participant in the hunger study for the second time, however, we need volunteers to assist us in collecting the data.
The following is a list of volunteer opportunities/descriptions we have available for the 2014 Hunger Study:
Group Leader - Complete mandatory trainings, retrieve/return supplies to Foodbank for data collection, lead group(s) of volunteers, recruit sampled clients and record total count of clients, uphold client confidentiality during and after data collection, perform functions of Data Collector when necessary.
Data Collector Volunteer – Complete mandatory trainings, travel to sites to collect data, explain the 2014 Hunger Study, set up computer, address questions during survey administration, report any problems to group leader.
If you are interested in assisting, please call 217-522-4022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INB Hosts 4th Annual Snack Drive
On Thursday, March 28th, Illinois National Bank hosted their 4th annual snack drive at Brandon Court in Springfield for over 175 children aged 18 and under. Snacks included macaroni and cheese, juice boxes, granola bars--up to 60 different items total. These food items will help get the children through spring break while school is not in session, as they will not be able to recieve school-provided meals during this time.
JOB OPENING: Food Recovery Coordinator
Central Illinois Foodbank is seeking a PT Food Recovery Coordinator. Requirements: High school diploma or GED, ability to lift 75 lbs consistently, excellent customer service, organizational, verbal communication skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently. Qualified candidates must possess a valid driver’s license. Reply with cover letter and resume to: Manager of Food and Agency Relations, P.O. Box 8228, Springfield, IL 62791. EOE.
Feinstein Challenge Runs March-April
Each year, the Feinstein Foundation donates $1 million to hunger relief organizations around the nation. At the Foodbank, we report our donations received during these monts and in turn, are granted a proportionate match based on how many dollars are donated. So during these months, your donation can go even further. Want to take advantage of this exciting opportunity? Donate here.
More on the Feinstein Foundation here.
New Building Progress
Now that we're in the retrofit process at the former Pepsi facility, cold storage is being installed to provide the much-needed space increase in our future home. Tubes with glycol were put in to ensure the integrity of the freezer floor, and concrete is being poured. If you'd like a tour of the old and new facility to see the progress and space comparison, please give us a call at 217-522-4022.
Katherine Gives Back on Her Birthday
For the second year in a row, seven-year-old Katherine has collected food donations in lieu of presents for her birthday. This year, she brought in 76 pounds of food. Way to go, Katherine!
Isringhausen donated $16,500 to the Foodbank as well as over 100 pounds of food during their month-long campaign to support the Foodbank. For each car sold during the month of December, $100 was designated as a donation.
Kind words from Kids Cafe
Check out Antionette's thoughts on our Kids Cafe program! You can learn more about this program in the 'Get Involved' section.
Foodbank Announces Relocation
Today, Central Illinois Foodbank announced its plan to retrofit the former Springfield Pepsi building after it was generously donated by the Falloon family, owners of Springfield Pepsi. The new facility will offer increased dry and cold storage space, which was desperately needed. In FY 2012 alone, the Foodbank diverted over 700,000 pounds of food to other regional Foodbanks due to its inability to properly store product.
Wal-mart announced its front-runner donation of $125,000 for energy efficiency improvements, the Dowson Family of Divernon, IL announced their plan to donate $50,000 (which was then matched dollar-for-dollar by Monsanto through Howard G. Buffett's 'Invest an Acre' program) and ADM also annouced its $30,000 donation toward the project. With funds previously set aside for capacity-building, the Foodbank needs to raise about $1 million to retrofit the building to make it operable as a Foodbank.
Holiday Billboards are up!
If you've seen this cute little face on billboards around Springfield and Decatur, you've probably recently thought of the Foodbank! 'Tis the season for giving, and with this year being one of consistent increased need, we hope you'll give to help feed families around Central Illinois.
Pork Power program
In its fourth year, the Illinois Pork Producers with several other ag partners, have again made a significant donation of over 5,300 pounds of ground pork to the Foodbank. Phil Borgic, a Montgomery County pork producer (and Foodbank Board member) spoke at the press event about how important this source of protein is for hungry families.
Blogger Council Member Donates Camera
Courtney Westlake recently donated a digital camera to the Foodbank so that we may better capture the everyday happenings behind what we do. We are so grateful to benefit from this donation and are excited to share these photos through our social media outlets. Thank you, Courtney!
Chalking Events Raise Awareness
During Hunger Action Month, two Jacksonville-area colleges brought volunteers together to chalk the campus sidewalks with facts about hunger to raise awareness. Illinois College and MacMurray College both had many volunteers come out and put a face to hunger in the community where they go to school. They learned that within Morgan County nearly 5,000 individuals struggle with hunger; 1,650 of which are children. Both students and faculty found the experience to be educational and eye-opening.
Blogger Council Announced
Five women will be offering their different perspectives on the Foodbank blog to increase awareness on hunger in our area. Learn more about these selected members here. For more information on the council, email Kaleigh.
Hunger Action Month Continues
Have you heard us talking about Hunger Action Month around town? Have a lemonade stand! Sell some extra clothes! Donate the proceeds and make a huge difference. You can do it!
September is Hunger Action Month!
Get involved and take action against hunger in our area by choosing an idea or two from our 30 days in 30 ways calendar. There are things big and small you can do to make a difference!
On Monday, we recieved a donation of 1,025 pounds of produce from the Farm Services garden in Springfield. Donations included potatoes, squash, peppers, and more. Just look at all of those tomatoes!
After visiting several community gardens within our service area, we've learned a few great tips on how to have a successful garden. Read more about them on the blog. Remember, we accept fresh produce donations from 7:30-4 Monday through Friday at the Foodbank!
Foodbank to be featured on Illinois Stories
Tune in to our local PBS station, WSEC to see Mark McDonald's Illinois Story on the Foodbank and our 30 year history on the following dates:
Thursday, July 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 8th at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m.
Hunger Study Coordinator needed
We are looking for a long-term volunteer/intern to assist with the Hunger Study, a research initiative studying the nature of food assistance services provided to people in need. This study will be able to supply unique and in-depth findings on the scope of food banking’s response to the hunger problem in America, the circumstances of those who seek our services, and the state of charitable food agencies that provide assistance through the Feeding America network.
Hunger Study Coordinator (HSC) Responsibilities
Responsible for recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteers as well as planning site visits for conducting research. Coordinate with Foodbank staff to oversee the program and insure program requirements are met. Obtain study information by conducting client interviews with individuals receiving food assistance.
- Excellent project management skills and organizational ability
- Experience training and managing volunteers
- Professional and positive attitude
- Work under minimal supervision
- Comfortable interacting with a variety of individuals including clients
- Excellent communication skills including to do public speaking
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
- Access to reliable transportation
- Ensure timely submission of agency and client data
- Regularly inform appropriate staff of changes in agency membership
- Ideal candidate is familiar with Foodbank and our agencies
The Hunger Study requires a full-time commitment between September 2012 and May 2013, when the agency and client data collection will take place. Before and after those months, the Hunger Study requires a part-time position.
Please call 217-522-4022 and ask for Kristy Gilmore if you are interested.
30th Anniversary Success
Last week we celebrated our 30th anniversary at the Inn at 835 in Springfield. Board President CJ Saladino and Foodbank Director Pam Molitoris awarded four individuals for outstanding work over the past 30 years.
Jananne Fink- Foodbank Friend, John Arnold- Lifetime Achievement, Jerry Pelz of Northeast Community Fund in Decatur-Outstanding Agency, and Amy Hagen- Board President 2008-2012.
We'd like to thank everyone who stopped by to say hello. If you were unable to attend the event but are still interested in learning more about the Foodbank, please call us at 217-522-4022.
Cake donated by Cafe Moxo
Come Celebrate the 30th Anniversary!
Thursday, June 21st we will be celebrating 30 years of fighting hunger with an open house celebration. From 4:30-7 at the Inn at 835 (located at 835 South Second Street in Springfield) you'll have an opportunity to meet with Foodbank staff, Board, volunteers and friends.
There will be birthday cake from Cafe Moxo and a brief presentation at 6:00. Stop by after work or dinner-- we hope to see you there!
Share with us on Social Media Outlets
Stay updated on what's happening at the Foodbank! Be sure to look for us on Facebook and Twitter and share your favorite Foodbank memory as we celebrate our 30th anniversary!
Farm Services Community Garden in Full Swing
Earlier this month, the Far Services office on Wabash in Springfield kicked off their community garden for the third year. Volunteers from the office, FFA chapters, Master Gardeners, and others came out to help plant. All produce from the garden is donated to Central Illinois Foodbank to help feed hungry families. If you're interested in starting a community garden for the Foodbank in your area, please call 217-522-4022.
30 Ways to Celebrate the Foodbank's 30th Anniversary
With the 30th anniversary just about a month away, here's 30 ideas on how you can get involved and help us celebrate.
- Volunteer at a mobile pantry
- Organize a food drive
- Get involved with Corporate Food Fight Challenge
- Comment on our Facebook with a Foodbank memory
- Follow us on Twitter and give us a mention
- Share a photo of what you're doing to fight hunger
- Stay up to date on the latest hunger information
- Have an alternative birthday (ask for food instead of gifts!)
- Collect change at your organization/office/school
- Volunteer at a local food pantry
- Take a tour of our warehouse
- Plant an extra row in your home garden to donate to the Foodbank
- Ask a question about the Foodbank you've been curious about
- Participate in Stamp Out Hunger on May 12th
- Have a Foodbank staffperson come share information about who we are and what we do
- Host a product drive to collect hygiene products (we take those, too!)
- Write a letter to the editor and share a Foodbank memory
- Spread the word- blog about our organization
- Read how our Foodbank began
- Host a fundraiser (get sponsors to walk/run a race, have a bake sale, etc.)
- Repin a photo from our Pinterest
- Skip your treat, donate the savings (skip the Starbucks for a week- it adds up!)
- Join our volunteer e-mail list
- Read our blog
- Tell a farmer about Invest an Acre
- Encourage your farmers market to donate product that won't make it to the next market
- Start a conversation about hunger in our area
- Plant a community garden at your school, office, or church
- Have your company sponsor our annual Harvest Ball
- Come to the celebration on June 21st from 4:30-7 at the Inn at 835!
Agency Conference 2012
On Friday, April 27th over 150 people came to Springfield for the Agency Conference. There were three sessions offered on topics such as distribution methods and SNAP, and the new Map the Meal Gap information was shared.
Brown County Food Pantry was awarded the Agency of the Year award for their use of best practices and their continued efforts at going above and beyond in serving hungry families.
Kumler Outreach Ministries won a FlipCam, donated by Feeding America and Cisco.
Springfield Milers visit Kids Cafe
Last week, the Springfield Milers paid a visit to one of our Kids Cafe sites, which provides a hot meal to children under the age of eighteen. The kids were able to check out the bikes and interact with our local motorcycle club.
Invest an Acre
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Feeding America and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) today established Invest An Acre, an innovative partnership that engages U.S. farmers in helping provide food to their neighbors.
Through Invest An Acre, farmers are able to invest the proceeds from one acre or more of their crops in Feeding America to support their local food bank. This is the first effort to mobilize farmers on a national scale to support hunger relief.
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation brings resources to support this vital work by creating an opportunity for every U.S. farmer doing business with ADM to invest a portion of proceeds at the point of sale, either when the farmer signs a contract or delivers the crop.
To learn more about Invest An Acre, visit www.investanacre.org.
Decatur in the Running for Wal-Mart Funds
Decatur, Illinois has been selected as one of the areas eligible for $2 million dollars in funding from Wal-Mart as part of their "Fighting Hunger Together" campaign. Individuals can vote daily through the Facebook application. The area was selected based on unemployment rates and
funds will go to help hunger-relief efforts in the community. Vote now and share with friends!
Meet Patrice Jones
Patrice Jones is our new Program Assistant/Agency Relations staffperson, and she joins us with many years of experience in the non-profit sector of Springfield. See her full employee feature here, and join us in welcoming her to our staff!
Design a Birthday Card for the Foodbank!
It’s time for a contest! We’d like you to design a birthday card to be on display at our 30th anniversary celebration! Here are the details:
1. The card will be large - at least 4’x4’ - so if you’re drawing on paper- bigger is better! Digital files are welcomed, too, as a high resolution jpeg. You can e-mail your entry to kfriend@centralilfoodbank. org or mail to: Central Illinois Foodbank, 2000 East Moffat, Springfield, IL 62702.
2. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, April 18th (NEW DATE.) If you’re mailing- it needs to be here by April 20th at the latest.
3. The winning design will be selected and used at our 30th anniversary celebration on June 21st at the Inn at 835.
The winner will receive a $25 Scheels gift card!
Please share with friends and get to drawing/designing/being creative! We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!
Illinois Egg Producers Donate in Time for Easter
On March 28th, Pearl Valley Eggs donated an astounding 86,400
eggs to our Foodbank as part of a national effort. We love having this excellent source of protein available to our agencies!
Foodbank Founding Director John Arnold Passes Away
After a six year battle with cancer, Foodbank founding director John Arnold passed away on March 25th.
Along with founding our Foodbank, John was instrumental in helping create the Feeding America network of food banks. He firmly believed that nobody should be without food and was a tireless advocate on behalf of those struggling with hunger.
He will truly be missed, and we hope to carry on his mission.
Fox 17 reports.
Corporate Food Fight Challenge Kicks Off!
March 1st marks the beginning of a new year with the Corporate Food Fight Challenge, which is organized by the Young Springfield Professionals Network. Businesses and organizations sign up to participate in a month-long food drive and compete with others to collect the most food or money to donate to the Foodbank.
The scoring is based on food collected in pounds per employee- so businesses small and large both have an equal opportunity to participate. Last year, AT&T won with over 150 pounds of food per employee. This year's competition will run through August 2013. Get involved by signing up at YSPN's wesbite.
During the months March and April, the Feinstein Foundation will proportionately match donations from a $1 million campaign benefitting hunger relief organizations. Make your donation go even further during these two months! Learn more about the Feinstein Foundation here.
Follow us on Pinterest
The Foodbank is now on another social media outlet- Pinterest. Follow along and share the sights at the Foodbank inlcuding anything from volunteers re-packing produce to kids bringing in food donations. Inspire others to get involved!
Click the Pinterest logo to find our page.
2012 marks Foodbank's 30th anniversary
June of this year will be the Foodbank's third decade of fighting hunger in Central Illinois. We will be having a celebration on June 21st from 4:30-7:00 PM at the Inn at 835 and hope to celebrate with everyone in our community. From long-time partners to new friends, we hope you'll stop by and say hello. Mark your calendars!
Senator Sam McCann visits mobile pantry
The Greene County mobile pantry, privately funded by an anonymous donor, took place on January 21st in Roodhouse, Il. Held indoors at the Envelope Factory, over 150 families came through the line to recieve milk, bread, fresh produce, and other shelf-stable items. Senator McCann came to the event and helped hand out half gallons of milk to attendees.
Of those who were in attendance, one father's words sum up the appreciation for the event: "We just can't thank you enough for this. It really helps my family get by."
Mobile Pantries Return During Winter
Thanks to private donations from both an anonymous donor in Greene County and the Ministerial Alliance in Taylorville, two mobile pantries are scheduled during the month of January. Both sites fall within two of the five targeted counties for mobile pantries, which are based off a study showing where the greatest demand lies within the counties we serve. The dates and locations are listed on our Events page.
Last year's mobile pantries were funded through a grant from the Attorney General, but the grant has been expended as budgeted. This year, we are looking for local partners to help with the financing of these mobile pantries, which deliver 10-12,000 pounds of food to 200-400 families. The goal is to allieviate highly perishable products like fresh produce and bakery items, along with other shelf-stable items, to supplement local pantries and distribute a large amount of food in a short amount of time.
If you have interest in sponsoring a mobile pantry within Greene, Fayette, Morgan, Logan, Christian, or Bond county, please call us at 217-522-4022.
Visit our blog!
First of all, what is a blog? Well, Problogger.net describes it as: "‘From “Web log.” A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web." That's true!
We'll be featuring unique stories and happenings from the Foodbank and giving an inside look at what's going on with our donors, agencies, and at the Foodbank. The blog is located here.
AT&T "Investing in Illinois"
Senator Sam McCann and AT&T President Paul La Schiazza visited the Foodbank to bring a $2,500 donation from the "Investing in Illinois" program through AT&T. Senator McCann recommended the Foodbank as a recipent, as he and his family recieved assistance from a local food pantry when he was a child.
Paul La Schiazza, Pam Molitoris, Senator McCann
Holiday Food Donations
With the holiday season approaching, one of the main things we're trying to focus on is this: Remember your neighbor. By working together and helping each other, no one has to go hungry during the holidays. If you're interested in organizing a food drive, we're asking for special types of items such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, etc. to have available to our partner agencies. Everyone likes to have a special meal at this time of year, and by collecting those items, you make it possible for that to be a reality.
We recently recieved a donation from the Scheels staff, which filled a tote to the brim. You can do it, too! If you'd like to donate to a local food pantry instead, please call 217.522.4022 to be directed to an agency in your area.
Scheels staff members
This year, Emma decided she wanted to ask for food for the Foodbank instead of presents at her birthday party. Her friends brought bags of non-perishable items, and Emma, along with her mom and two sisters, stopped by the Foodbank to drop them off. We love alternative birthdays at the Foodbank! Thanks, Emma!
Emma (right) and sister
Farm Services garden wins Governor's Hometown Award
The Farm Services garden off Wabash in Springfield, Illinois, was awarded the 2011 Governor's Cup for their work providing over 4,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Central Illinois Foodbank this year. Thanks to volunteers and partner businesses, this garden produced 1,000 more pounds than it did last year. Way to go!
Mobile Pantry funding to be depleted by December 2011
The grant from the Attorney General, which helped fund mobile pantries, will be spent by the end of this year. New sources of sponsorship will be neccesary. Chris Dettro of the State Journal-Register reports here.
Photo by Justin Fowler.
Corporate Food Fight Challenge
The Young Springfield Professionals Network hosted the annual Corporate Food Fight Challenge awards luncheon today to present certificates to participants and announce the winner of this year's challenge. AT&T was awarded 1st place after collecting money and food for a total of nearly 20,000 pounds of food through creative fundraising and food drives. We are extremely greatful for the joint efforts of all participants who have made a huge impact on our community!
AT&T representatives hold their 1st place plaque.
SNAP Hunger Challenge
From September 18-24, during Hunger Action Month, Feeding Illinois challenges you to live on $5 a day for one week. That’s the average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit for an individual in Illinois. A total of $35 is your budget for the week, so it's best to do all of your shopping at once so you may plan meals around your budget.
For FAQ and further detail, please click here. Read about Kaleigh Friend's experience with the SNAP Challenge on the blog.
Agriculture Appreciation Luncheon
Central Illinois Foodbank welcomed ag partners from the central Illinois region to the warehouse for tours and also to be present for the donation of over 4,200 pounds of ground pork from the Illinois Pork Producers Association's "Pork Power" program. Atendees included many ag-related contributors such as Representative Rich Brauer, Illinois Pork Producers, and the Illinois Meat Processors Association-pictured below with Executive Director Pam Molitoris.
Can-struction at the Farm Progress Show
A group from Cincinnati, Ohio came to the Syngenta tent at the Farm Progress show to build two large structures completely from cans: a globe and an American flag. These cans were then donated to Central Illinois Foodbank- which totaled to be over 7,000 pounds of food. Syngenta also made a $10,000.00 donation to Feeding Illinois while we were there, which will help buy produce for the eight state-wide foodbanks.
Hunger Action Month Begins
September 1 marks the beginning of Hunger Action Month. This month-long inititive through Feeding America is intended to move people to action and advocacy against hunger at a national and local level. Here are a few ways to can get involved locally:
- Color the Hunger Action Month coloring page- share it on Facebook! (Also available at Lincoln Public Library in Springfield.)
- Every 10th new "like" on our Facebook page wins a Hunger Action Month t-shirt!
- Organize a fundraiser, food drive, or non-food item drive.
- Donate extra produce from your garden.
- Donate online. (Your $1 buys $8 worth of food at the Foodbank!)
- Take the SNAP Hunger Challenge.
- Volunteer at a mobile pantry. Dates: 9/10 and 9/17. Call 217-522-4022 for details.
- Tweet about the Foodbank: @centralILfoodbk.
- Take a tour of the Foodbank and learn more about who we are and what we do. Call 217-522-4022 to schedule.
- Stop by the Route 66 Mother Road Festival between Scheels and Quaker Steak and Lube on Sept. 25 for coffee and donuts- proceeds go to the Foodbank!
More questions on how to take action? E-mail Kaleigh Friend.
Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity
A new facet of the 2009 Map the Meal Gap study was recently released on child food insecurity, detailing the level of food insecure children within Feeding America member foodbanks across the nation. Within Central Illinois Foodbank's twenty-one county region, the study found that 24.6% of children are food insecure- a percentage which equals nearly 45,150 kids. The study also shows food insecurity rates by county; Fayette County ranked the highest in food insecure children at 30.6% and Scott County ranked as the lowest in food insecure children at 20.3%. Below is Feeding America's summary for our service area.
Questions about Map the Meal gap? Call 217-522-4022 or e-mail Kaleigh Friend.
A Selfless Birthday Wish
Six-year-old Matthew Casson decided for his birthday party, he wanted his guests to bring canned goods so he'd be able to help other kids like him. When his Mom, Dad, and little sister Makayla came with him to drop off the cans he collected, he got to take a tour of the foodbank and weigh himself on the giant scale. After a little reluctance, we finally got to snap a picture of the birthday boy. Thank you, Matthew!
Pound for Pound Challenge Results
The results are in for this year's Pound for Pound weight loss challenge: 13,767 pounds were pledged and $1,514.37 was raised! Way to go to all of the particpants!
Recent Mobile Pantries
Here are a few photos from recent mobile pantries in Greene, Christian, and Logan counties. At each pantry, over 140 families were distributed food, which in turn provided food to over 500 individuals.
Lottery Winner Gives Back
Vicky Green, a recent lottery winner from Adams County, brought her donation of $20,000 to Central Illinois Foodbank today. She hopes her donation will inspire others to give. We are so thankful for her very generous donation and will put this money toward feeding children and families in central Illinois. Pictured below: Pam Molitoris, Executive Director and lottery winner Vicky Green.
Double Your Link Card Dollars
The Illinois Products Farmers' Market will double your link card purchases up to $10 per card holder per day when used Thursdays from 4-7 pm at the Illinois State Fairgrounds through October 20th. Take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on fresh produce! Questions? Call 217-785-4873.
Farm Services Donates Produce from Community Garden
The USDA Farm Services in Springfield, Illinois invited us out on Tuesday to take a look at their large community garden behind their facility. In coordination with local partners from around the community, produce grown here will be donated to the Central Illinois Foodbank. This year their goal is to donate about 3,000 pounds of food (up more than 500 pounds from last year!) The garden includes zucchini, corn, peppers, tomatoes, beans, mushmelons, watermelons, and more. Anyone can donate produce from their garden; if you have questions about making a donation of produce, call us at 217-522-4022.
See more photos on our Facebook Page.
USDA Gets Rid of the Food Pyramid, Creates Food Plate
Read the Article: Learn about the Food Plate
Shop 'N Save "Feed Our Future" Campaign
Until July 2nd, all Springfield Shop 'N Save stores have pre-packaged bags available for $5 with breakfast and lunch items for children. These bags will go out to agencies in our twenty-one county region to hungry children in central Illinois. Shop 'N Save's goal is to sell 2,000 bags by the end of the campaign.
Lincoln, Illinois Mobile Food Pantry
This was the first time the Central Illinois Foodbank's Mobile Food Pantry came to Lincoln, and even the veteran CIF volunteers were taken aback by the crowd. With a 28-foot truck coming in filled with food, the line for the 6 p.m. start began forming at 4:30. By the time the food line was ready to go, over 350 people were there waiting a turn to choose food items for their families.
Syngenta & AgriTalk Radio Donation
AgriTalk Radio and Syngenta presented Central Illinois Foodbank with a $500 donation on Tuesday, April 26th at the Farm Progress grounds in Decatur. The donation is a part of Syngenta's national initiative, Weeding Out Hunger, to help support food banks across the United States.
Illinois National Bank's Healthy Snack Drive for Kids Cafe
Employees from Illinois National Bank held a healthy snack drive and distributed over 2,100 pounds of food to children at Kids Cafe. Springfield Urban League and Central Illinois Foodbank operate Kids Cafe in Brandon Court. Kids Cafe offers a warm meal and a safe place to go for around 100 children each week.
Rose Acres Farms and Pearl Valley Eggs Donate 153,000 Fresh Eggs to Foodbank
As the economy makes a sluggish recovery, families in central Illinois continue to find themselves struggling with food insecurity. Illinois’ own Pearl Valley Eggs and Rose Acre Farms together delivered 153,000 eggs to Central Illinois Foodbank to help these families in need- just in time for the Easter holiday.
Chuckles for Charity Benefit Comedy Show
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Chuckles for Charity benefit. It was a great night of laughter for a great cause. Central Illinois Foodbank thanks Donnie B's Comedy Club and comedians Buddah Eskew, Saad Ahmed, and Rich Mansfield for donating their time and talent for this event.
Pictured left to right: Rich Mansfield, Buddah Eskew, Saad Ahmed
Feeding Illinois 2011 Anti-Hunger Conference
On March 1st and 2nd representatives from hunger relief organizations across Illinois met in Springfield to discuss the current efforts to combat hunger in Illinois. Participants included individuals from foodbanks, food pantries, soup kitchens, government and other non-profit organizations. The conference culminated with the Governor's announcement of his appointments to the Commission to End Hunger.
Red Gold Tomatoes Donates 15,000 Pounds of Crushed Tomatoes
Red Gold Tomatoes delivered over 15,000 pounds of crushed tomatoes to Central Illinois Foodbank as part of a national donation to Feeding America food banks. The donation was done in conjunction with a unique 3D billboard on Wabash in Springfield.
State Charity Check-Offs Suffer from Recession
Feeding Illinois, Central Illinois Foodbank's state association, is one of thirteen charities vying for donations in the 2010 Illinois State Tax Checkoff program. This is Feeding Illinois' second year on income-tax check off. Charities must raise over $100,000 to remain on the form.
New Restrictions Possible for Public Food Aid
As the demand for food assistance grows in Illinois, the state considers new controls for SNAP benefits.
State Farm Classic
Reveals 2011 Charities
Central Illinois Foodbank is pleased to be chosen again as a charity of choice for the LPGA State Farm Classic. To see the entire list of chosen charities follow the link below.
Local Service Organizations Honored by Rotary
The Shelbyville Rotary honored three community service organizations including Central Illinois Foodbank.
Pictured (from left to right) are George and Nonie Bolinger of the First United Methodist Church food pantry, Shawna Cain of the Central Illinois Foodbank, Jodi Allen of the Angel of Love program, Brian Green, Rotary Club board member, and Bill and Linda Bly of the Festival of Lights.
Illinois Attorney General Madigan Distributes $1.2 Million to Illinois Food Banks
Attorney General Lisa Madigan distributed $1.2 million from a legal settlement to food banks across Illinois to help keep families and people in need.
Madigan said the money will make food available to local food pantries in each of Illinois’ 102 counties.
Walmart Donates Over $1 Million to Feeding Illinois
As part of Walmart's commitment to fighting hunger, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced they are contributing more than $1 million to Feeding Illinois and local food banks to combat hunger in Illinois. Local food banks will use the funds to acquire fresh produce to increase the amount of highly nutritious foods distributed to the community.
Thanksgiving Season Brings Hunger Issues to Light
While many are looking ahead to family and Thanksgiving dinner, Central Illinois Foodbank and area food pantries are working hard to provide food to those who need it.
UIS Volunteer Stars "Trick or Treat" Food Drive Brings in a Record Amount of Food
The University of Illinois Springfield "Trick or Treat" food drive brought in a record 8,294 pounds of food for Central Illinois Foodbank - nearly double last year. Seventeen teams of UIS students canvassed Springfield neighborhoods collecting non-perishable food items.
Deer Hunters Encouraged to Help Fight Hunger
Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger's "Target Hunger Now" campaign is an easy way for hunters to donate whole dear for processing and distribution to area food pantries. More than 101,000 pounds of venison was donated through the program during last year's deer season.
SNAP Hunger Challenge Inspires Many to Experience a 'Food Stamp' Budget
Anne Kelly from WCIA 3 News reports on the SNAP Hunger Challenge including an interview with Patrick Yeagle, of the Illinois Times, who is taking the challenge.
An Exercise in Empathy: Getting Ready to Take the Food Stamp Challenge
Julianne Glatz, food writer for the Illinois Times, writes about tips for eating on a Food Stamp (SNAP) budget. She also includes information about two great books about eating on a limited budget, On a Dollar a Day and More-with-Less.
Bayer CropScience Donation
To honor the hundreds of growers who pledged to produce more at a higher quality as part of a Bayer CropScience initiative called 'I Farm to Feed the World', Bayer CropScience donated $6,680 to four local food banks across the Midwest.
Kincaid Mobile Food Pantry
Central Illinois Foodbank conducted a mobile food pantry in Kincaid on September 18th.
Hunger Action Month
On WTAX's weekend show 'Focus' Bob Murray discussed Hunger Action Month with Executive Director, Pam Molitoris and Manager of Food & Agency Relations, Kristy Gilmore.
'Community Garden' Produces Vegetables for Foodbank
The USDA FSA community garden was harvested with all vegetables donated to Central Illinois Foodbank.
Pork Power Program donates 2,800 Pounds of Pork
Thanks to the Illinois Pork Producers' Pork Power program, Central Illinois Foodbank received a donation of nearly 3,000 pounds of pork. The pork will provide an excellent source of protein to the hungry in central Illinois.
Pictured (from left to right) Tony Magro, from Magro Processing; Ann Voyles from the Auburn Food Pantry; Kristy Gilmore from Central Illinois Foodbank; Derek Dunkirk from the IL Pork Producers Association; and Ross Prough from the IL Soybean Association.
Demand Takes Toll on Rural Food Pantries
The State Journal-Register's Amanda Reavy wrote a great story highlighting the challenges and changes rural food pantries are experiencing.
Decatur Mobile Food Pantry
Central Illinois Foodbank brought our first mobile food pantry to Decatur. We were able to directly distribute over 12,000 pounds of food to the community in under two hours.
LPGA State Farm Classic a Success!
Central Illinois Foodbank is proud to be a benefiting non-profit of the LPGA State Farm Classic. Our volunteers had a great time operating the volunteer shuttle and are looking forward to another great tournament next year.
Dot Foods Celebrating 50th Anniversary by donating 270,000 lbs to Feeding America Food Banks.
Dot Foods loaded a golden trailer with food for Central Illinois Foodbank and River Bend Food Bank.
Woodforest Bank Awards $5,000 Grant for Kids Cafe
Volunteers from Woodforest Bank distributed food purchased with a $5,000 grant from Woodforest Charitable Foundation to children at Brandon Court. The purpose was to alleviate the gap in food assistance these children experience when the school year ends.
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