River Bend Foodbank recently made a number of announcements related to the community-wide effort to end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois:
- The observance of River Bend Foodbank’s 35th Anniversary in 2017
- Record distribution of 11.1 million meals in 2016, halfway to the 10-year goal of ending hunger
- A specific initiative to close the Meal Gap in Scott County, which has the largest unmet need in the 22 counties they serve
- Recognition of several donors who have made commitments toward ending hunger in Scott County, the QCA, and/or all 22 counties
- Launch of their brand new and improved website, riverbendfoodbank.org
Currently, in the counties served by River Bend Foodbank, 125,220 people are missing 22.1 million meals. 1 in 8 people, and 1 in 5 children.
In 2014, 7.3 million meals were distributed in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. A strategic plan was developed by River Bend’s Board of Directors, in 2015 with a goal to triple distribution in 10 years in order to meet the entire need. This is consistent with the Q2030 Regional Action Plan goal that no one goes hungry. With the distribution of 11.1 million meals in 2016, distribution now only needs to double. That means we are halfway there to feeding everyone.
Scott County has the largest meal gap in the 22 counties that River Bend Foodbank serves, with 22,000 people missing 4.1 million meals. Because of this, a strategy was launched in Scott County last year to close the meal gap in Scott County by the end of 2018. With financial support from the John Deere Foundation, Regional Development Authority, Scott County Regional Authority, and Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, River Bend Foodbank is 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 work toward our goal of closing the meal gap in Scott County by the end of 2018. This initiative will serve as a model for ending hunger in each of the counties that we serve.
“River Bend Foodbank is excited to reach the 11 million meal milestone, halfway to ending hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois,” said Michael Miller, Executive Director. “We are very thankful to the donors who have made commitments to closing the Meal Gap in Scott County, the Quad Cities, and each of the 22 counties we serve, and we invite the community to learn how they can get involved in the 35th Anniversary of River Bend Foodbank by visiting the new and improved riverbendfoodbank.org.”
In conjunction with our 35th anniversary, River Bend Foodbank has launched a new website. The new site will make it easier for users to take action against hunger by Donating, Volunteering and Getting Involved. It will also enable visitors to find partner agencies near them more efficiently.
River Bend Foodbank asks that everyone in the 22 counties they serve, join them in celebrating 35 years of feeding hungry people, to continue to work together to solve hunger in our communities. Together we can!