Time short to win contribution for food bank

CHAMPAIGN — Less than a week remains for the local community to get involved in a Facebook competition to help win a $10,500 contribution for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

The competition is being hosted by Kraft as an extra community rivalry running up to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl game on New Year's Eve, in which the University of Illinois Fighting Illini will meet the UCLA Bruins.

Fans in each team's home community can win meal donations for their local food bank by playing a two-minute trivia drill on the Kraft Fight Hunger Facebook page through Dec. 30.

This competition is important for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, according to Cheryl Precious, the food bank's director of marketing and development.

The local food bank could turn Kraft's meal donations, worth $10,500, into about $100,000 worth of food, because it can distribute about $10 worth of food for every dollar it receives, she said.

David Bauer, a spokesman for Kraft, said an update on the competition this week wasn't available.

But fans can keep playing the game and generating more meals for their local food bank, he said.

Keith Hanson, 74, of Urbana, didn't need any encouragement. An Eastern Illinois Foodbank volunteer, he'd played the two-minute trivia drill 425 times as of late Thursday afternoon, he said.

Hanson said he read about the trivia drill in The News-Gazette and decided to give it a try. He set a goal of playing it 365 times, for every day of the year, but wound up with extra time and kept going.

"Then today I happened to be home and vaulted up to this," he said Thursday.

It's all for the food bank, Hanson said, and he encourages others who can spare some time this holiday season to do likewise.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank has a link to the trivia drill on its website at http://www.eifoodbank.org.

There's no limit on how many times you play the game. Each time you play, you secure another meal donation, according to Kraft.

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