Food bank gets more than $30,000 in donations
URBANA — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank says it will be able to expand its school food pantry program in the upcoming school year with the help of a new donation.
The $29,882 donation from Project Goodstart was one of two the food bank announced Tuesday, along with a $5,000 gift from Ameren Illinois.
Both have been designated for the food bank's Healthy Futures Initiative dedicated to alleviating child hunger.
Healthy Futures includes backpacks of food sent home with school children struggling with weekend hunger, foodmobiles or mobile food pantry distributions serving mostly children, school pantries at some high schools that provide groceries to needy teens and their families, and providing more food to agencies and programs relying on the food bank to service children and their families.
The food bank serves a 14-county area of Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion counties.