Peoria, IL June 17th, 2020 – Today, the Peoria Area Food Bank announced a $163,568 grant from the Caterpillar Foundation to provide food to more than 45,000 people who face hunger in Peoria and Tazewell Counties.  A member of the Feeding America network, the Peoria Area Food Bank is one of 30 food banks selected to receive this grant, which helps support local hunger relief efforts.

“People who face hunger do not have regular access to enough food for a healthy, active life. The Peoria Area Food Bank is thankful to the Caterpillar Foundation for its commitment to helping to support families in need in our community,” said Wayne Cannon, Manager of the Peoria Area Food Bank. “We were able to provide over 75 food boxes for the annual End of School Year Bash and host a food drive for PCCEO Early Head Start and Head Start.

More than 1 in 8 adults in the Peoria and Tazewell County area face food insecurities, including 1 in 6 children.  The PAFB serves over 80 pantries, soup kitchens, and other community-based organizations.  To meet the needs of our community the PAFB distributes nutritious food “back-packs” to children to take home over the weekend, help served our local Federal workers during the government shutdown and is partnering to increase the amount of fresh fruits, produce, nutritious food and food-related information to our pantries.

“The Caterpillar Foundation supports programs that alleviate poverty in communities in which we live and work.  We are proud to partner with the Peoria Area Food Bank to support individuals in Peoria and Tazewell County who may not know where their next meal will come from,” said Kathryn Karol, Caterpillar vice president and chairman of the Caterpillar Foundation Board of Directors. “When people’s basic human needs are met, they are able to more effectively pursue economic and educational opportunities. And when they can do so, an entire community can benefit.”

Since 2015, Caterpillar Foundation has provided $3.9 million in county-level grants to Feeding America food banks.  Caterpillar Foundation’s grants also helped food banks provide 10.5 million pounds of food in counties where Caterpillar employees live and work.  This donation will help provide 100,000 meals to local children and families in need.

The PAFB has been providing food to qualified area residents since 1984.  Its mission is to supply food and grocery products to a network of food pantries in a three-county area.  As He multiplied the loaves and fishes, we can feed the hungry in our area.  The PAFB serves over 80 pantries, soup kitchens, and other CBO’s.  Last year we distributed over 2.3 million pounds of food and served over 240,000 individuals.  For more information about the Peoria Area Food Bank, visit:  www.peoriafoodbank.org/.

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About Caterpillar Foundation
Founded in 1952, Caterpillar’s philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation, has contributed more than $740 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of basic needs, education and environmental sustainability. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, visit www.togetherstronger.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.