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Posted on: May 11, 2017

Eastern Illinois Foodbank Announces Foodmobile Food Giveaway in Bement

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food to hungry area families.  The distribution will be held at the Bement Fire Station 1 (301 S. Sangamon, Bement), on June 10, 2017, 10:00am to 11:30am.  All Piatt County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome (See below for criteria).  Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food.

The distribution is part of the Foodbank's Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to areas of chronic or extreme need.  Through the program, local companies and organizations are invited to contribute toward a one-day distribution of food and optionally participate in the distribution process.  The cost to partner with the Foodbank on a Foodmobile distribution is $3,000.

The Foodmobile distribution comes at a critical moment for area residents.  Data released by Feeding America, the nation's network of food banks, shows that a staggering 14% of people in eastern Illinois are considered food insecure, which means they sometimes lack adequate access to food.  More shockingly, 20% of children are food insecure.

All eligible residents of Piatt County needing food are welcome to attend the Foodmobile distribution.  To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level, or approximately $3,746 per month for a family of four.  Full eligibility criteria are listed below.  Other area foodmobile distributions can be found by visiting the Foodbank's website at www.eifoodbank.org, and clicking "Find Help."

Maximum monthly income per household:

Household Size -  1         2           3         4         5         6          7          8
Monthly Income-$1,832  $2,470  $3,108 $3,746 $4,385 $5,023 $5,663 $6,304
               
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