The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is the largest food distribution center in this part of Illinois. They receive food from a variety of large scale sellers, grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, etc and distribute it to local pantries, other distribution centers in Illinois and have a store where people can shop directly. Their mission is to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois by providing a reliable source of food for the hungry through cooperation with a network of food pantries and agencies.
The Foodbank accepts donated and discounted food from a variety of sources and distributes it to 220 emergency food programs, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. By partnering with EIF, emergency food programs are able to save millions of dollars each year in food purchase and handling costs. These savings allow them to focus their efforts and funds on more effectively working to alleviate hunger in our area.
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