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River Bend Foodbank, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, collects wholesome donations of food for distribution to more than 300 charitable community organizations that support the hungry in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

If you’d like to support River Bend Foodbank with your monetary contribution, food donation, or your time, all are welcomed. Please click below to immediately get in touch with us.

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I don’t know what the Quad Cities would do without the Foodbank.

- a senior at Rock Island’s Watch Hill Tower food pantry -

The Monroe School food pantry is a shining light, a real benefit for me and my three small ones.

- a parent at Davenport’s Monroe School food pantry -

Jenny was very proud of the fact she’d always been able to take care of herself and her daughter and was reluctant to take help... but we were able to help her with the food and get her disaster aid to help her pay for home repairs.

SarahRiver Bend Foodbank volunteer

I’d always been the one who was trying to help others through our church or other organizations. I had to swallow my pride and go ask for help myself.

SusanRiver Bend Foodbank guest

The first time Mary showed up at our door looking for a little help there were tears in her eyes. She said, ‘I never thought I would be here,’ but I assured her that there were a lot of people who visit us each month.

MarthaRiver Bend Foodbank volunteer

Sometimes people just need somebody to talk to. They need somebody to hear their story. Sometimes they need more than a helping hand…. They need a helping heart.

JuneRiver Bend Foodbank volunteer

Please remember there are people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

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Welcome to our new and improved website!

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Welcome to the brand new and improved riverbendfoodbank.org!

We’ve given this website a complete makeover to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of River Bend Foodbank.

There’s lots to do while you’re here….

First of all, get educated on the issue of hunger. About 1 in 8 people in eastern Iowa and western Illinois do not have access to enough food to live an active, healthy lifestyle, and it’s 1 in 5 children. Meanwhile, this country throws away 40% of the food it produces. That’s enough food to feed everyone. Read that again. The only thing it would take literally to end hunger in our communities is for everyone to commit to never throwing away food that could still be eaten by someone in need.

Understand the difference between a food bank and a food pantry. A pantry is typically a small room at a church or community center where a hungry person can pick up food for their family. River Bend Foodbank is a 60,000 square foot distribution center that supplies 300 food pantries across 22 counties. If you’re interested in becoming an agency partner, you can find out about that here.

Figure out how you can connect. You can donate food, especially when it hits the “Donate Date” on the package, or when your grocer has a “Buy One Give One” sale. While you’re there, make sure your store is donating unsalable food rather than throwing it away. Keep asking until you get a good answer. Since every $1 provides 5 meals, your financial contributions are always appreciated. Sign up to volunteer here at the Foodbank or at one of our Mobile Food Pantries. Donating and volunteering are now easier than ever on this new site.

Most importantly, if you need food, we’ve provided resources here to help you find the pantries most convenient for you, with their locations and hours of operation. And there are toll free phone numbers, one for each state, if you need food assistance.

I urge you to get involved. Spread the word. There is no reason for a single person to go hungry in our communities. There is enough food to feed everyone. We’re just throwing it away.

Thanks for stopping by. Let us know what you think. Together We Can Solve Hunger.™


Michael P. Miller

Executive Director

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