In addition to working with 200+ member agencies across 17-counties in eastern Illinois, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank operates a handful of emergency feeding programs to help meet unmet need and alleviate hunger among the most vulnerable populations. The Foodbank strives to increase access to healthy foods such as produce, dairy, nonperishable fruits and vegetables, grains, and meat to those in situations of food insecurity and hunger through the following programs:
School Pantry: The School Pantry Program is aimed at alleviating childhood hunger through the provision of food to children and their families at school. School pantries are located on the grounds of a school, and are intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families.
BackPack: Backpacks full of food for children at risk of weekend hunger are delivered directly to students at school through EIF partner agency, Feeding Our Kids.
Senior Grocery: The Senior Grocery Program is focused on providing appropriate foods to meet the complex nutritional needs of seniors and eliminate barriers to service. Programs provide a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy products and items that are minimally processed, as well as low in sodium, sugar, saturated fat and trans fat.
Foodmobile: Foodmobiles are mobile food pantries that are designed to increase access to nutritious food for residents in rural and under-served communities. Each Foodmobile delivers approximately 10,000 pounds of food to 100-150 households struggling with hunger. The cost to partner with the Foodbank on a Foodmobile distribution is $3,000. Businesses, organizations and individuals that are interested in sponsoring a Foodmobile distribution should contact EIF's Development Department at 217-328-3663.
Food is Medicine: The Foodbank works with the Champaign Urbana Public Health Department, Promise Healthcare at Frances Nelson Health Center and the VA Illiana Healthcare System in Danville to serve patients and individuals that are struggling to afford an adequate diet for healthy living. Learn more about the connection between hunger and health here.