Welcome to River Bend Foodbank!
In eastern Iowa and western Illinois, 50,000 children are food insecure and do not know where their next meal is coming from. Over 2,400 children in 60 schools receive a Backpack every Friday to sustain them through the weekend. This provides a sack of nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods for weekends when they do not have access to the federal free and reduced-price meal program. Food packs include four entrees, two breakfasts, one fruit, two milks, two juices, and two snacks. For $150.00 a year you can sponsor one of these children.
9,882,698 meals provided an increase of 34% over 2014
In 2015 River Bend Foodbank provided a record number of meals. According to the 2014 Map the Meal Gap Study 23,342,000 meals are being missed, not by choice in our community. In 2015 River Bend Foodbank provided 9,882,698 meals or 43.2% of the meals necessary to reduce the meal gap in our service area.
These meals were provided through our 300 Partner Agencies, Backpack Program, School Pantry Program, Mobile Food Pantries, Kids Cafe, OASIS Program, Senior Pantry Program, and Senior Hunger Initiative.
“While we are delighted to have increased the number of meals by 34% in the first year of our new strategic plan, the total need is still 23.3 million meals,” said Mike Miller, Executive Director of River Bend Foodbank. “So we are 1/6 of the way to the 10-year goal of no one going hungry.”
In 2015 the River Bend’s Board of Directors and leadership team adopted the goal of tripling the number of meals we distribute over the next ten years, as part of a strategic plan that will end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.
In 2016 we will continue to work on increasing food donations from retailers, manufacturers and distribution channels. We will call on our community to refuse to throw away food that can still be eaten by someone in need. We will ask our businesses and community members to financially support our mission. We will recruit volunteers to assist with our programming, sorting and repackaging of our donated food.
The support of our community is critical to us meeting our 10-year goal. Together we can solve hunger™.
During the month of December, River City Tire & Automotive in Davenport donated 5% of their sales to River Bend Foodbank. Also, if their customers brought in food or a monetary donation, they received a coupon to River City Tire. Owners Chet Jones and Jackie Staron presented River Bend Foodbank Development Director, Nancy Renkes, with a check for over $6,000 as well as 66 pounds of food. This incredible donation will provide over 31,000 meals to people in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Thank you, River City Tire!
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