The Peoria Area Food Bank announced a $162,500 grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) to provide food and backpack meals to more than 35,000 children and youth who face hunger in Peoria, Mason, and Tazewell Counties. A member of the Feeding America network, the Peoria Area Food Bank is one of 8 food banks selected to receive this grant, which helps support children’s hunger relief efforts.

“Children 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 Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation for its commitment to helping to support children in need in our community,” said Wayne Cannon, Manager of the Peoria Area Food Bank.

The Peoria Area Food Bank’s service area is Peoria, Tazewell, and Mason Counties. In those three counties, there are 40,860 people with food insecurities; 13,830 of them are children.  In Peoria County 17.7% of all children have food insecurities, in Tazewell County, it’s 14.6% of all children and in Mason County, the percentage of children with food insecurities is 18.9% (Feeding America, Map the Meal 2019).