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You Can Stamp Out Hunger!
Join us in supporting the Letter Carriers' 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 14th. Simply put non-perishable food out by your mailbox on that day and your letter carrier will pick it up. This is the largest one-day food drive in America and all the food collected will stay locally.
In partnership with the Student Hunger Drive, the QCommunity Hunger Drive is an opportunity for local businesses and other organizations to organize fun activities to secure donations of food and money that will be donated to River Bend Foodbank. This year, 34 businesses raised 319,283 meals for River Bend Foodbank in only 4 weeks! Thank you so much to all of the businesses who participated. We’re already looking forward to next year!
9,882,698 meals provided an increase of 34% over 2014
In 2015 River Bend Foodbank provided a record number of meals. According to the 2014 Map the Meal Gap Study 23,342,000 meals are being missed, not by choice in our community. In 2015 River Bend Foodbank provided 9,882,698 meals or 43.2% of the meals necessary to reduce the meal gap in our service area.
These meals were provided through our 300 Partner Agencies, Backpack Program, School Pantry Program, Mobile Food Pantries, Kids Cafe, OASIS Program, Senior Pantry Program, and Senior Hunger Initiative.
“While we are delighted to have increased the number of meals by 34% in the first year of our new strategic plan, the total need is still 23.3 million meals,” said Mike Miller, Executive Director of River Bend Foodbank. “So we are 1/6 of the way to the 10-year goal of no one going hungry.”
In 2015 the River Bend’s Board of Directors and leadership team adopted the goal of tripling the number of meals we distribute over the next ten years, as part of a strategic plan that will end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.
In 2016 we will continue to work on increasing food donations from retailers, manufacturers and distribution channels. We will call on our community to refuse to throw away food that can still be eaten by someone in need. We will ask our businesses and community members to financially support our mission. We will recruit volunteers to assist with our programming, sorting and repackaging of our donated food.
The support of our community is critical to us meeting our 10-year goal. Together we can solve hunger™.
Farmers from five counties, along with their Farm Bureaus from Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Whiteside, and Stark, presented River Bend Foodbank with a check for $21,467! This money was raised through Bushels for Hunger, where farmers donate bushels to feed the hungry in their communities. The grain elevators also helped make this happen, and their generosity comes through for us every year! Without them we would not be able to feed as many hungry people as we do. Bushels for Hunger has raised a combined $147,000 over the past six years. Thank you!!
Recent Food Drives