Food bank, DIVAs set food giveaway Saturday

Food bank, DIVAs set food giveaway Saturday

URBANA — Free food for hungry families will be available Saturday morning at Stone Creek Church, Urbana.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank and CU DIVAs, a local volunteer organization, will distribute a truckload full of food at the church at 2502 S. Race St., U, from 10 a.m. to noon.

People living in households with an income at 185 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible, according to the food bank.

Famililes wishing to participate can just come to the church on the morning of the distribution. No signup in advance is necessary, said food bank spokeswoman Julie Melton.

Households qualify if their maximum total gross (before-taxes) family income is:

— $1,722 a month for one person.

— $2,333 for two people.

— $2,943 for three people.

— $3,554 for four people.

— $4,164 for five people.

— $4,775 for six people.

— $5,385 for seven people.

— $5,996 for eight people.

— Each family member over eight, add $611.

The distribution is part of the food bank's foodmobile program, which brings nutritious food to areas of chronic or extreme need.

Melton said food distributions through this program have focused more on rural areas, since hungry people of Champaign-Urbana have food pantries available.

The distribution at Stone Creek Church is being made possible through a donation from CU DIVAs, she said.

Companies and organizations can partner with the food bank to contribute toward the cost of a one-day food distribution for $2,500, and also have the option to participate in giving away the food, according to the food bank.