Map the Meal Gap
River Bend Foodbank announced the release of the annual Map the Meal Gap study, which details the startling rate of food insecurity experienced by community members in their 22-county service area. Map the Meal Gap 2015 results reveal that food insecurity disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations, including over 49,000 children. Overall, 131,900 people are food insecure in River Bend’s 22 counties in Eastern IA and Western IL and 223,346,200 meals are missed. For more information on the Map the Meal Gap study, visit http://www.riverbendfoodbank.org/hunger.html. To help solve hunger in our community, click here.
River Bend Foodbank recently held its annual Agency Conference at Stoney Creek Inn. Agencies met Foodbank staff, learned about sustainability and succession planning, as well as how to better serve their clients. It was also a great opportunity for our partner agencies to learn about best practices from each other. We received a lot of positive feedback and hope the agencies had a great time!
Thank you, Midas!
Midas Director of Operational Excellence, Brian Giles presented River Bend Foodbank Development Director, Nancy Renkes with a check for $2,142 from their “Drive Out Hunger” campaign. Area Midas stores are donating $1 from all oil changes to the Foodbank to help hungry families in our communities. They are also encouraging customers to bring in food donations or to make a cash donation. Thank you, Midas, for your dedication in the fight against hunger!
Summer smiles…for hungry children
For thousands of children in Eastern IA and Western IL, summer vacation has added one huge worry…hunger. 1 in 6 kids who receive free lunch at school participate in summer feeding programs…that means 5 of those 6 kids are missing meals. With your help, we can make sure these children don’t have to face hunger this summer. For every $1 donated we can provide 5 meals for hungry children and their families in Eastern IA and Western IL. To donate, click here.
Scott County Regional Authority grant reception
The Scott County Regional Authority held their grant award ceremony at River Bend Foodbank. Over 70 agencies were in attendance to receive awards. River Bend Foodbank received a $10,000 grant to support children on the Backpack Program and Executive Director Mike Miller spoke about the impact of hunger in our community. Thank you, SCRA!