The Eastern Illinois Foodbank serves a 14-county area in Eastern Illinois covering just over 8,000 square miles.
Champaign County’s poverty rate is estimated at 23.4%—higher than Cook County’s 17.8%. The Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is currently set at $23,550 per year for a family of four.
1 in 5 children in eastern Illinois struggles with hunger. 1 in every 3 clients served by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank is a child.
The Foodbank does not directly serve clients. We provide food to agencies like food pantries, soup kitchens, snack programs, and shelters who serve the hungry.
Most of these agencies could not exist without the steady supply of subsidized and free food available at the Foodbank. In fact, 70% of the product that member agencies receive is from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
In the past year, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank provided 7.3 million pounds of food – including 1.5 million pounds of produce - to over 220 agencies and programs feeding the hungry.
The agencies and programs that the Foodbank supplies feed an average of 55,000 people each month.
Many of the people who rely on the agencies the Foodbank serves are making impossible choices between paying for food and paying for housing, medication, or fuel.
The Foodbank relies heavily on donated food from corporate partners. Nationally and locally, food donations are down. This means it has become much more expensive for the Foodbank to operate because it has to purchase more food.
The Foodbank is an affiliate member of Feeding America; with its national network of food banks numbering over 200, Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger relief organization.
Contrary to popular belief, the holidays are not a time of great need for food relief agencies. In fact, summertime is generally a time of highest demand, because children are out of school and there are increased financial pressures on parents.
Every dollar donated to the Foodbank provides someone in need with $10 worth of donated food, so financial donations are very important. Furthermore, every $1 donated = 6 meals for families. Last year, we provided over 6,083,333 meals to individuals in our community.
THE EASTERN ILLINOIS FOODBANK EXISTS TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER IN EASTERN ILLINOIS