FROM WASTE TO VALUABLE RESOURCE
Nobody likes the thought of food ending up in a landfill. Between 25 and 40% of food grown, processed, and transported in the United States will never be consumed.
That’s why River Bend Food Bank works with major food producers, manufacturers, and retailers to rescue good, safe, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and shares it with food-insecure families in communities across our 22-county service area.
Donations of surplus food help fulfill the Food Bank’s mission of leading the community-wide effort to end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Keeping this quality food out of waste streams and landfills helps not only our environment, but also the donor, who may realize tax benefits for their generosity, as well as saving on disposal costs. Most importantly, they are providing those in need with the nutritional benefits of fresh produce, meat, dairy and deli items, and both shelf-stable and frozen foods.
River Bend Food Bank has the facilities and equipment to store, maintain, transport, and distribute dry, frozen, refrigerated, and prepared food products. We have 60,000 square feet of warehouse space, including 2,880 square feet of freezer space and 1,440 square feet of cooler storage space.
One call to the River Bend Food Bank and your food donation will support a network of partner agencies across 23 counties.
River Bend Food Bank relies on the generosity of its supporters to help fight hunger in eastern lowa and western Illinois. Each year, over 22 million meals are missed in our service area. Your financial support is essential to bridging the meal gap in our community.
Volunteers are crucial to the operation of River Bend Food Bank. Without volunteers, it would not be possible to collect, sort, and distribute all the food that comes through our warehouse every day. Together we're feeding people today and ending hunger tomorrow.
If you or a loved one is experiencing hunger, please let us help you. Find a food pantry or meal site near you with our interactive map.