Peoria IL (August 23, 2021) — The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) awarded the Peoria Area Food Bank $250,000 to address childhood hunger in the Peoria, Tazewell, and Mason Counties.

The Peoria Area Food Bank & Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Youth and Families with Children Mobile Pantry will distribute fresh produce, nutritious health food, and backpack meals to families with children, youth programs, and our community partners that serve children.  The mobile pantry will distribute healthy, nutritious food to children and families with children in a timely and efficient manner.

Demonstrated through their historical work with Illinois-serving foodbanks, ILCHF understands the important connection between access to healthy foods and children’s health. ILCHF is also aware of the challenges to ensuring access to healthy foods for all children that existed before the pandemic but have been made more evident in the context of stark inequities highlighted by the pandemic.

The Peoria Area Food Bank is one of the many programs of Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc. (PCCEO), a Community Action Agency. The Food Bank is also a Partner Distribution Organization with Eastern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, and Feeding Illinois, a state organization serving Central Illinois.  Peoria Area Food Bank was formed in 1984 to supplement the dietary and nutritional needs of low-income families living in the three surrounding counties of Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell.

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Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation is a statewide private foundation that is focused on serving all children in the State of Illinois. ILCHF concentrates its funding primarily in the areas of children’s oral health and mental health. The vision of the Foundation is that every child in Illinois grows up healthy. For more information, go to www.ilchf.org.