Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hunger Awareness Month


The Peoria Area Food Bank operates under the umbrella of Peoria Citizen’s Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc., a community action agency, and is a member of Feeding America {formerly America’s Second Harvest} the nations largest hunger relief organization and Feeding Illinois, a state organization serving Central Illinois.

The Food Bank was formed in 1984 to supplement the dietary and nutritional needs of low-income families living in the eight surrounding counties we serve, which are Tazewell, Peoria, Fulton, Woodford, McLean, DeWitt, Mason, and Livingston.

We provide over 112 active food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, senior housing, youth detention centers and low income day care centers with large quantities of food from name brand manufacturers.

We rely heavily on corporate manufacturers, some government funding, individual gifting, and local food drives throughout the year for food donations. The Food Bank also participates in two large can-a-thons during the year, the Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition Food Drive and the National Letter Carrier’s Can-A-Thon. As a member of Feeding America we are able to participate in grant opportunities made available to us.

In 2009, the Food Bank distributed 3,000,214 pounds of food; this represents a 1,087,157 pound increase in food distribution compared to 2008. It is the food bank’s goal to distribute 3.5 million pounds of food by the end of 2010; and 5 million pounds over the next 3 years. This will be accomplished with the help of our many member agencies who are staffed mostly by volunteers. 

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