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2016 River Bend Foodbank Agency Conference

On May 19th, our annual agency was held at conference at Stoney Creek Inn. In attendance were 269 attendees representing 120 of River Bend Foodbank’s Partner Agencies. Some of the topics presented were: food safety, using stories to engage volunteers and donors, and best practices for operating a food pantry. In addition, Mike Miller, Executive Director of River Bend Foodbank also updated our partners on the work that had been done in the past 12 months. 
Including: 
34% increase in meals distributed
Achieved food distribution goal in every county
Opened first hospital pantry
New food ordering system for our pantries
We also recognized three of our partner agencies for their outstanding working in fulfilling our mission of ensuring no one goes hungry.

New Study: Food Insecurity Remains Historically High
But Unmet Need Significantly Reduced in 2015

At our 2016 Agency Conference we announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2016, an annual study by Feeding America that details food insecurity rates in every county and congressional district in the United States. The study reveals that 12 percent of the population in the 22-county area they serve is food insecure – 125,220 people, including 46,070 children.

Food insecurity is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.  Using county data from the five-year period of 2010 to 2014, Map the Meal Gap 2016 is the first Map the Meal Gap report with post-Great Recession county food-insecurity estimates.

“The Map the Meal Gap study confirms that there are still 1 in 8 people – and 1 in 5 children – who do not have access to enough food to live an active, healthy lifestyle,” said Mike Miller, Executive Director of the River Bend Foodbank. “However, this community has pulled together to reduce the unmet need by almost 4 million meals. That is something to celebrate, as we continue to work together until no one goes hungry.”

This year’s report found that nearly 15 percent or approximately one in seven people in the United States struggles with hunger at some point during the year. While the rate has decreased since 2011, the prevalence of food insecurity across counties remains historically high since 2008, and has not yet returned to pre-Great Recession levels.

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Stamp Out Hunger

The National Association of Letter Carriers' 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was held on Saturday, May 14th, in the Quad City area. *92,755 pounds of food was collected, which will provide 111,306 meals for hungry people in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Thank you to the National Association of Letter Carriers and to everyone who donated food.

*This is a preliminary number and will be updated as additional results are provided.

 


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Recent Food Drives

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Augustana College Spring Move Out 414 meals
Temple Emanuel 604 meals
Menards 88 meals
Sound Physicians 42 meals
KWQC Women's Lifestyle Fair/Hy-Vee 3,873 meals
John Deere Davenport Works 625 meals
Mattress Firm 276.67 meals
Augustana College Harry Potter Alliance 418.23 meals
Jane Addams Elementary School 166.67 meals
Moline School District Food Serive (Chartwells) 288 meals
Tyson Food 100 meals
Elanders Americas 330 meals
John Deere Aviation 425 meals
Crystal Ridge Apartments 242 meals
CSL Plasma 103 meals
DHL Global Forwarding 310 meals
Kassi Anderson-Augustana 3,785 meals
Hayburners 4H Club 195 meals
St. George Greek Orthodox Church 8,445 meals
Great Southern Bank 145  meals
Quad Cities Hash House Harriers 261 meals
Aleris 1,577.86 meals
Riverbound INC 483 meals
John Deere Harvester Works 45,001.85 meals
John Deere Seeding Group 392 meals

 



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