The holidays are a time for giving and thinking of others. That is what Feeding Illinois does all year long. According to their website 1,532,238 people, including 500,000 children, now live in poverty in Illinois and requests for emergency food aid have doubled in the past two years. The purpose of Feeding Illinois is to provide food for hungry people in Illinois, to advocate for policies that reduce hunger, and to educate the public about the vital role food banks play in addressing hunger.
Feeding Illinois’ eight member food banks work through a network of member agencies, community partners and corporate and government partners to acquire and distribute food. Food and grocery products are donated by local food manufacturers, government agencies, food drives, and Feeding America and through food recovery programs partnerships with local restaurants and grocery stores. They use donated funds to help Food banks purchase needed food. Amazingly, 95 percent of Feeding Illinoi’s budgets goes directly to feeding programs.
To figure out how you can contribute to Feeding Illinois click here http://www.feedingillinois.org/need/
Or connect directly to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, which is our local link to this network. http://www.eifoodbank.org/