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Mission Statement

To lead 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.

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, clients, 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.

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 agency partners including food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, 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 22 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 in order to accomplish our goal of feeding everyone in eastern IA and western IL. In 2016, 11 million meals were distributed to the hungry in our service area.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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