IMPORTANT COVID-19 FOOD BANK UPDATE

 

During the outbreak, Feeding Illinois Food Bank members are continuing to provide core services while taking all precautions to protect their workers and minimize the spread of COVID-19. The requisite services of the food banks are acquiring, storing, and distributing food to roughly 2,400 member agencies in all 102 counties of Illinois. Essential back-office functions, such as agency relations, community outreach, financial management, and donation handling must also continue to operate at some level. All of which become more challenging as more staff work remotely and volunteers hesitate to continue any potential personal-contact activities at both the food banks and agencies.
The respective needs of the individual food banks are fluid and their responses are adapting to local situations. What follows is a brief synopsis of their most pressing situations and needs. The most critical needs are:
• Food - to supplant declining donations from usual sources and channels.
• Funds - to purchase additional foods and support expanded services.
• Volunteers - to help sort, pack, and distribute food at both food banks and agencies. 
• Boxes, Bags & To-Go Containers - to pre-pack food for alternative (i.e., social-distancing) distributions.
 
 
• All the food banks have expanded or incorporated some type of mobile, drive-through, or knock-and-drop distributions to facilitate social distancing, agency closings, and volunteer drop-offs.
• Demand for food and program assistance is expanding daily, with inquiries for food and where to find assistance escalating.
    o  SNAP Outreach teams report being inundated with referrals and inquiries; receiving more referrals in a day than they usually would in a month.
• The most-drastic negative impact has been volunteers staying home that has essentially forced some agencies to close or take that precaution to protect their mostly-senior workforce.
    o This is also impeding the food banks' ability to sort, process, and pack foods and boxes. 
 
If the situation continues, growing concerns are:
• Food supply, and the increasing likelihood, if not already the need, to tap into financial reserves to expand food purchasing.
• Some agencies are also becoming concerned about the food supply and have started reaching out to out-of-network organizations for possible assistance.
• Increased special deliveries, such as those mentioned above, require more resources, time and increased costs - straining food banks' budgets even further.
• Maintaining some critical services, such as SNAP Outreach assistance, with staff working remotely, and some residents not having access to internet or phone service, etc.
• Security (i.e., personal safety and crowd control), particularly if food banks need to start doing more mass distributions in impacted communities.
    o People have started coming up to delivery trucks asking for food directly from drivers and crowds have become somewhat aggressive in a few situations.
      
• Projecting long term, if the situation worsens to the point of not wanting agencies to visit food banks nor guests to visit food pantries, then food bank will have to devise a distribution network that does not widely exist today.
 
None of the Illinois are adequately, or readily staffed for expanded, long-term home deliveries.
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COVID-19 Information

 

 

While its generally been reported greater at-risk factors for COVID-19 among the general population are those people age 50+ and with pre-existing health conditions, the residents the Feeding Illinois food banks its network of local agencies serve may be equally, if not more, susceptible to this virus - due to lesser access to adequate health care and treatment, lower resistance or compromised immune systems, stigma or bias, or lack of information about proper prevention and care.

 

Feeding Illinois food banks and their agencies are trusted community resources; and our respective and collective efforts can be essential to your community’s health by:

·         Providing nourishment to vulnerable populations during this time of heightened anxiety,

·         Ensuring that we treat all people with respect and dignity, and

·         Conveying accurate information to help protect the neighbors we serve.

 

Please consider helping us meet this obligation with a generous gift to provide continued - and expanded - support and relief to those individuals and families impacted most by the ongoing health emergency.

 

To Help, Please Click on http://www.feedingamerica.org/covidIL

 

We pledge to direct your contribution to the food bank serving your area and where it can do the most good to help halt this expanding crisis in Illinois. We are committed to serving people in need, wherever they are. We, along with Feeding America and numerous other private and public entities, are constantly and carefully monitoring developments regarding the spread of COVID-19. Feeding America is also actively consulting with FEMA, National VOAD, the USDA and leveraging other partners who are in a position to support measures to ensure access to food for the most vulnerable members of our communities during this situation.

 

Additional COVID-19 Information & Resources

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

 

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/COVID-19-School-Closures-Letter-Guidance.pdf

 

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

 

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

 

https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19

 

 

 

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 FOOD BANK UPDATE

 

During the outbreak, Feeding Illinois Food Bank members are continuing to provide core services while taking all precautions to protect their workers and minimize the spread of COVID-19. The requisite services of the food banks are acquiring, storing, and distributing food to roughly 2,400 member agencies in all 102 counties of Illinois. Essential back-office functions, such as agency relations, community outreach, financial management, and donation handling must also continue to operate at some level. All of which become more challenging as more staff work remotely and volunteers hesitate to continue any potential personal-contact activities at both the food banks and agencies.

The respective needs of the individual food banks are fluid and their responses are adapting to local situations. What follows is a brief synopsis of their most pressing situations and needs. The most critical needs are:

  • Food - to supplant declining donations from usual sources and channels.

  • Funds - to purchase additional foods and support expanded services.

  • Volunteers - to help sort, pack, and distribute food at both food banks and agencies. 

  • Boxes, Bags & To-Go Containers - to pre-pack food for alternative (i.e., social-distancing) distributions.

  • All the food banks have expanded or incorporated some type of mobile, drive-through, or knock-and-drop distributions to facilitate social distancing, agency closings, and volunteer drop-offs.

  • Demand for food and program assistance is expanding daily, with inquiries for food and where to find assistance escalating.

  • SNAP Outreach teams report being inundated with referrals and inquiries; receiving more referrals in a day than they usually would in a month.

  • The most-drastic negative impact has been volunteers staying home that has essentially forced some agencies to close or take that precaution to protect their mostly-senior workforce.

  • This is also impeding the food banks' ability to sort, process, and pack foods and boxes.

       

If the situation continues, growing concerns are:

  • Food supply, and the increasing likelihood, if not already the need, to tap into financial reserves to expand food purchasing.

  • Some agencies are also becoming concerned about the food supply and have started reaching out to out-of-network organizations for possible assistance.

  • Increased special deliveries, such as those mentioned above, require more resources, time and increased costs - straining food banks' budgets even further.

  • Maintaining some critical services, such as SNAP Outreach assistance, with staff working remotely, and some residents not having access to internet or phone service, etc.

  • Security (i.e., personal safety and crowd control), particularly if food banks need to start doing more mass distributions in impacted communities.

  • People have started coming up to delivery trucks asking for food directly from drivers and crowds have become somewhat aggressive in a few situations.

  • Projecting long term, if the situation worsens to the point of not wanting agencies to visit food banks nor guests to visit food pantries, then food bank will have to devise a distribution network that does not widely exist today.

  • None of the Illinois are adequately, or readily staffed for expanded, long-term home deliveries.

COVID-19 Information

 

Welcome to Feeding Illinois

Vision: A hunger-free Illinois.

Mission: To coordinate and support the efforts of its member food banks and their partners serving Illinois in their collective and collaborative efforts to provide access to a healthy and adequate food supply for those in need.

Purpose: Feeding Illinois is the association of eight Feeding America food banks that serve Illinois. Together, we provide food and other services to every county in Illinois through a vast network of member agencies and specialized feeding programs. One out of nine Illinois residents, including 1 in 6 children, struggle with hunger - which is staggering and unnecessary; and Feeding Illinois members play a critical role in responding to this need.

As the state association for food banks serving Illinois, we help unify strategies and pool resources to strengthen and support the food banks’ local efforts to eliminate hunger in Illinois. Through vast coordination and with relentless commitment, each food bank has identified the specific needs of their communities and has developed a comprehensive array of programs and services to combat food insecurity - both short-term and long-term. As 11% of Illinois residents awake every day uncertain of where or unable to access their next meal, Feeding Illinois members are working vigorously with a statewide network of more than 2,400 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other agencies to distribute or serve over 190 million meals annually to those 1.4 million hungry neighbors across our state.

 

"Thank you" for your interest in Feeding Illinois and our association of food banks.
Please, feel to reach out to us by phone or email any time.
FEEDING ILLINOIS Steve Ericson, Executive Director
273 Dearborn Court Geneva, IL 60134-3587 Phone 630.768.8068
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CENTRAL ILLINOIS FOODBANK
https://www.centralilfoodbank.org/
1937 E. Cook Street Springfield, Illinois 62703 217.522.4022 Service area: Adams, Bond, Brown, Cass, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jefferson, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Menard,
Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, and Shelby counties

EASTERN ILLINOIS FOODBANK http://www.eifoodbank.org/ 2405 North Shore Drive Urbana, IL 61802-7221 (217) 328-3663 Service area: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Livingston, McLean,
Moultrie, Piatt, Vermilion, and Woodford counties
GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/ 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place Chicago, IL 60632 773.247.3663 Service area: Chicago and Cook County   NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK http://www.SolveHungerToday.org/ 273 Dearborn Court Geneva, IL 60134 630.443.6910 Service area: Boone, Dekalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will, and Winnebago counties   PEORIA AREA FOOD BANK http://www.peoriafoodbank.org 721 W. McBean Street Peoria, IL 61605 309.671.3906 Service area: Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties   RIVER BEND FOODBANK http://www.riverbendfoodbank.org/ 4010 Kimmel Drive Davenport, IA 52802 563.345.6490 Service area: Bureau, Carroll, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jo Daviess, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam,
Rock Island, Stark, Warren, and Whiteside counties
ST. LOUIS AREA FOODBANK http://www.stlfoodbank.org/ 70 Corporate Woods Drive St. Louis, MO 63044 314.292.6262 Service area: Calhoun, Clinton, Franklin, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington, and Williamson counties   TRI-STATE FOOD BANK http://www.tristatefoodbank.org/ 801 E. Michigan Street Evansville, IN 47711 812.425.0775 Service area: Alexander, Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Lawrence, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash,
Wayne, and White counties

Who We Are

Feeding Illinois is the state association of eight food banks serving all 102 counties in Illinois. Member food banks work through a network of member agencies and community, corporate, and government partners. Together, we are stronger and more efficient than the sum of our parts. Working as a cohesive system is the only way we can truly solve the hunger crisis. 

Mission

Feeding Illinois' mission it to coordinate and support the efforts of member food banks serving Illinois, enabling them to better provide a healthy and adequate food supply for those in need.

Volunteer

Volunteers are the backbone of the food bank network. Whether you volunteer as an individual or with a group the food banks serving Illinois need your help. To learn about volunteer needs at the food bank near you visit them online.

 

Keep in mind that volunteer shifts fill up quickly during the holidays so be sure to put your requests in early!