An organization that recently gave away tons of food in Mt. Auburn has a new location. Yesterday marked the first day the Central Illinois Foodbank opened its doors to the public and partner agencies at 1937 East Cook Street in Springfield. The building, donated by Springfield Pepsi, will allow the organization to better serve 150 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, and residential programs in a 21-county region.
This move comes at a time when need remains consistent—about a 40 percent increase across the board over the past three years. With the new facility, the Foodbank will be able to offer a greater volume and variety of products to partner agencies serving those at risk of hunger.
The building offers more than 2.5 times the capacity in comparison to the former Moffat Ave. location, as well as several temperature zones of cold storage to manage perishable products such as dairy, produce, and frozen items. In addition, safe areas for volunteers have been created where produce can be cleaned and sorted into retail sized packaging, as most produce comes in bulk shipments.
The Central Illinois Foodbank, established in 1982, distributes more than 8.5 million pounds of food annually to over 150 food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs and after-school programs in a 21 county region. Central Illinois Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, as well as United Way. The mission of the Foodbank is to collect donated food and grocery items from growers, manufacturers, processors, wholesalers and retailers for distribution to charitable agencies.