Welcome to River Bend Foodbank!
September is Hunger Action Month
In eastern Iowa and western Illinois, 132,000 people are food insecure and do not know where their next meal is coming from. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making a financial contribution, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together we can solve hunger.
Thanks, John Deere Training Center!
Employees from the Training Center planted six acres of sweet corn, handpicked it, and then donated the sweet corn to the Foodbank – a grand total of 16,725 pounds! Their hard work and generosity in volunteering provided over 20,900 meals to needy people in our community. Our partner agencies, seniors, and families attending our mobile food pantries have been thrilled to receive this delicious sweet corn! A special thanks to Dave Rodts, Denise Harmsen and Ross Graham for leading the project. This is the second year for the “Sweeter to Give” project.
Map the Meal Gap
River Bend Foodbank announced the release of the annual Map the Meal Gap study, which details the startling rate of food insecurity experienced by community members in their 22-county service area. Map the Meal Gap 2015 results reveal that food insecurity disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations, including over 49,000 children. Overall, 131,900 people are food insecure in River Bend’s 22 counties in Eastern IA and Western IL and 223,346,200 meals are missed. For more information on the Map the Meal Gap study, visit http://www.riverbendfoodbank.org/hunger.html. To help solve hunger in our community, click here.
Thank you, Midas!
Scott County Regional Authority grant reception
The Scott County Regional Authority held their grant award ceremony at River Bend Foodbank. Over 70 agencies were in attendance to receive awards. River Bend Foodbank received a $10,000 grant to support children on the Backpack Program and Executive Director Mike Miller spoke about the impact of hunger in our community. Thank you, SCRA!
Recent Food Drives