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Mission Statement

River Bend Foodbank leads the community-wide effort to end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

  • Leveraging partnerships to help people in need stabilize their lives.
  • Engaging the public in hunger issues.
  • Advocating on behalf of hungry people.
  • Distributing surplus food through a network of hunger-relief agency partners and programs.
  • Striving to end hunger.

Vision

A hunger-free Iowa and Illinois.

Values

  • Passion—We have a huge heart for feeding hungry people. No one should go hungry.
  • Relationships—We love our community, guests, donors, volunteers, partners, and staff.
  • Integrity—We will always be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.
  • Diversity—We seek to include people from all walks of life and treat each with the utmost respect.
  • Excellence—We strive for the highest standards in our operations, services, and programs.

“Feeding People Today and Ending Hunger Tomorrow”

History of the Foodbank

Founded in 1982, River Bend Foodbank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. RBFB has a network of more than 300 partner agencies including food pantries, shelters, meal sites, residential treatment facilities, day care centers, and senior centers. Collectively, these programs are the food safety net for tens of thousands of struggling individuals and families in the 23 counties served by River Bend Foodbank in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. John Deere contributed seed money to rent warehouse space and to hire an executive director and warehouse manager. In the first year of operation, 190,000 pounds of food was distributed.

In 2014, River Bend Foodbank moved from Moline, IL to our current 60,000 square foot warehouse in Davenport, IA. This move was needed to accomplish our goal of feeding everyone in need in eastern IA and western IL. That year, 7.3 million meals were distributed.

In 2015, founding Executive Director Tom Laughlin retired after 33 years of service, and Mike Miller was hired as the new President & CEO, having previously served the food banks in Indianapolis, IN and Cleveland, OH. A tremendous growth spurt ensued. In 2018, the Foodbank merged with the Quad Cities Student Hunger Drive, and in 2019, with St. Stephen’s Food Bank in Dubuque, IA. At the close of FY2019, River Bend Foodbank was distributing over 17 million meals per year.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.