Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Grants Peoria Area Food Bank $25,000 To Support Backpacks and Other Children’s Programs

Peoria, IL, February 5th, 2019 – Peoria Area Food Bank announced a $25,000 grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation to provide food for local food nutrition programs.  The food bank will purchase food with the grant that is specific to child nutrition programs such as backpack programs.

“The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation will allow the Peoria Area Food Bank to continue serving children who face food insecurities” said Wayne Cannon, Food Bank Manager at the Peoria Area Food Bank. “The backpack meals we provide will be, in many cases, the only meal the youth we serve will eat”.

Peoria Area Food Bank provides 85 active pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters with large quantities of food from name brand manufactures and USDA commodities on a daily basis. They also operate 2 mobile food pantries in Mason County and assist nine pantries that provide backpacks to hundreds of children on the weekend. The backpacks are dispersed to qualifying children on Friday afternoon by various schools. For more information about Peoria Area Food Bank, visit: http://www.peoriafoodbank.org/.