Published by Kirby Winn on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 in News Releases
Blood donors who supported the ImpactLife "Good Giving" promotion have provided a $6000 donation to Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Representatives of the food bank provided a tour of the organization's regional distribution center for staff and donors from ImpactLife on Thursday, April 27 and shared information on how Eastern Illinois Foodbank supports the charitable food system in eastern Illinois.
More than 97,000 people in eastern Illinois, including nearly 26,000 children, don't have enough to eat. Eastern Illinois Foodbank serves as the distribution hub for food pantries and hunger-relief partners in 18 counties of eastern Illinois and estimates the donation from ImpactLife will help provide more than 18,000 meals that will be distributed through its network of partner agencies.
During the holiday season, ImpactLife blood donors were given a voucher to redeem for their choice of an electronic gift card or to donate the same amount to support local foodbanks in the blood center’s service region. More than 2500 donors directed their support to foodbanks for a total of $42,185 now being distributed to organizations that serve communities of the ImpactLife service region. (Additional check presentations and tours are scheduled with regional foodbanks across the blood center's service region.)
As a member of Feeding America, Eastern Illinois Foodbank joins more than 200 foodbanks across the United States in filling the meal gap. Eastern Illinois Foodbank is the primary food source for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other programs working to feed its neighbors who face food insecurity. The Foodbank acquires millions of pounds of food and grocery product through purchase or donation and distributes it across a network of more than 160 feeding programs in the region. (Learn more at www.eifoodbank.org.)
Photo (left to right): Melissa Byrd (ImpactLife Urbana Associate Board), Eddie Gordon (ImpactLife Urbana Associate Board), Kirby Winn (ImpactLife Public Relations Manager), and Amanda Borden (Eastern Illinois Foodbank Vice President of Development)