River Bend Foodbank was honored with the Q2030 award at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce annual meeting last month for being a catalyst for positive change in the region through its commitment of making the Quad-Cities a hunger-free community. Last year, River Bend launched a strategy in Scott County to close the meal gap by the end of 2018. So far, we’ve doubled distribution from 1 to 2 million meals per year.
With financial support from the John Deere Foundation, Regional Development Authority, Scott County Regional Authority, and Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, River Bend Foodbank was able to hire the staff needed to implement this strategy, as well as obtain the food needed. Working with our Scott County Food Pantries, volunteers, and expansion of our Backpack, School Pantry, and Senior Pantry programs, we will continue to work toward our goal of closing the meal gap in Scott County by the end of 2018. We will then take the lessons learned and apply them to each of the 22 counties we serve.
Thank you, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, for this prestigious honor! Together we can solve hunger.™