Tuesday’s Kiwanis program was presented by Kaleigh Friend, Public Relations Manager for the Central Illinois Food Bank. September is “Hunger Action Month”. They are part of the national Program: Feeding America. CIFB was formed in 1982 and covers 21 counties and 150 agencies.
They have seen a 40% increase in need over the last 2 years. They are a United Way Certified Agency. They are funded by Federal, National and local donations. They also accept nonfood items, soap, shampoo, etc. Friend reported that 97-percent of their budget goes for food, only 3-percent is spent on operating expenses.
Friend says that the agency services over 17-thousand people through their 150 agencies and that the donations and goods come from several groups.
Friend adds that mobile food pantries have become important and popular among people in need.
The program for September 20th will be presented by Del’s Popcorn Shop. Kiwanis Lt. Governor will be a special guest on September 27th
Kiwanis Peanut Days will be held on September 30th and October 1st.
“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”
For the latest news on Kiwanis you can log onto their website at www.taylorvillekiwanis.com.
Taylorville Kiwanis Club meets each Tuesday at noon in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. If you would like more information about joining Kiwanis contact Fred Ronnow at 824-4919.