River Bend Foodbank has the following events occurring:

Feeding America® Network Food Banks across the Country Promote Hunger Action Month

DAVENPORT, IOWA– During the month of February, Quad City area businesses and organizations
collected funds and food for River Bend Foodbank. This year, the Community Hunger Drive engaged
51 businesses. They held a variety of activities throughout the month, including cake contests, bake
sales, change wars, and chili cook-offs, to engage their employees in raising donations for River Bend
Foodbank.

Due to expected inclement weather conditions, the February 7th food distribution, which was scheduled to be held at River Bend Foodbank (4010 Kimmel Drive, Davenport), is being cancelled. We regret that the distribution will not take place, however, the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff is always our first consideration. Weather permitting, the next distribution at River Bend Foodbank will take place on March 7th

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DAVENPORT, IOWA– During the month of February, nearly 50 area businesses and organizations will be involved in collecting funds and food for River Bend Foodbank by taking part in the Community Hunger Drive. The businesses will be holding a variety of activities throughout the month to engage their employees in raising donations for River Bend Foodbank.

Davenport, IA – Bank of America is partnering with River Bend Foodbank through their Give a Meal program to help the 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 children who face hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. This program helps reduce food insecurity in our community and in communities around the country. For every $1 donated ONLINE, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give $2 more, up to $1.5 million nationwide.


Foundation’s Fill Your Tank Program Supports River Bend Foodbank’s Efforts to Fight Hunger in eastern Iowa/western Illinois

 

 

(Davenport, IA) – River Bend Foodbank has received $8,000 from the Enter...


14 nonprofit organizations recognized for their commitment to local residents

 

·         2016 Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign underway in Walmart stores.  Program ...

New position will focus on rescue and distribution of more food from retailers

 

Davenport, IA (August 11, 2015) - River Bend Foodbank announced a $55,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to fund a new position, retail store donation coordinator, for the specific purpose of working with local and national retailers to secure more donated food.

The need for this position stems from the understanding that retail store donations are a critical component in being able to serve more people struggling with hunger. A staff person dedicated to working with retailers, both small and large, to rescue and distribute food that might otherwise go to waste will not only help build the capacity of the River Bend Foodbank but, ultimately, help better meet the ongoing local need. Bob Evans has been hired as River Bend Foodbank's retail store donation coordinator. Bob has 13 years' experience in food banking, having been a driver making retail pickups and as the manager of agency relations.

"We are thrilled that the Walmart Foundation has funded this new staff position and understands the value of food banks working hand-in-hand with local retailers to fight hunger," said Mike Miller, River Bend Foodbank Executive Director. "As a member of the Feeding America network, we have seen how securing retail store donations is a key driver to increasing our ability to secure more food for more people. With this grant, we'll be able to develop stronger relationships with our local retailers and do more for the people struggling with hunger in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois."

River Bend Foodbank is one of 15 Feeding America member food banks across the country this year to be awarded a grant for a retail store donation coordinator. The grant is designed to support the first year salary and benefits costs for the staff position.

While the position is funded through a Walmart Foundation grant, the new retail store coordinator will work with all retailers in the area in an effort to secure more food for the River Bend Foodbank. The coordinator also will help educate store personnel on the appropriate guidelines for donations through the food bank's retail donation program.

The funding for the position comes at a time of particular need, as food insecurity remains high throughout the country. According to the USDA, approximately 49 million people - including 16 million children - in the United States struggle with hunger. Here in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, 131,900 local residents are food insecure.

Through their longstanding commitment to fighting hunger, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide donations of both funds and food to Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have set goals to provide four billion meals to those in need in the U.S. through 2020. River Bend Foodbank is one of Feeding America's 200 member food banks across the country and currently receives product donations from local Walmart stores. To learn more about the Walmart Foundation's commitment to fight hunger visit foundation.walmart.com.

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River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing more than 7.3 million meals annually to more than 300 charitable feeding programs throughout a 22 county service area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Childhood hunger programs include the Backpack Program which provides 2100 Quad City children with nourishing food to take home on the weekends during the school year, the Kids Café Program providing evening meals to children at three sites, the Mobile Food Pantries which directly feed thousands of families each month, and the school pantries which serve needy children and their families.

According to Study, 12.9% of Residents in Eastern IA/Western IL Struggle with Hunger

 

DAVENPORT, IOWA- River Bend Foodbank announced the release of the annual Map the Meal Gap study, which details the startling rate of food insecurity experienced by community members in their 22-county service area. Map the Meal Gap 2015 results reveal that food insecurity disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations, including over 49,000 children.

Food insecurity is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's measure of lack of access at times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.

"At River Bend Foodbank, we are constantly working to increase our capacity to close the Meal Gap," said Michael Miller, Executive Director. "While we were very pleased to increase our distribution to over 7.3 million meals in 2014, food insecurity rates have increased by an even greater amount."

Nationally, 15.8% of the population is food insecure, with 21.4% of children being food insecure. Furthermore, 43% of those who are food insecure are above the income threshold for food stamps, now called SNAP.

Other key findings local to River Bend's 22 counties:

·         49,710 children are food insecure, increasing from 20.6% to 21.5%.

·         131,900 people overall are food insecure, increasing from 12.4% to 12.9%.

·         The total number of meals missed increased from 22,196,800 to 23,346,200.

Map the Meal Gap 2015 is based on an analysis of statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The study, commissioned by Feeding America, is a detailed analysis of the nation's food insecurity. An interactive map is available that allows viewers to explore the issue of hunger in Iowa/Illinois and across the country. The map along with an Executive Summary of the study can be found at riverbendfoodbank.org/hunger.htm and then click on "Map the Meal Gap."

"Map the Meal Gap 2015 provides unique insight into the prevalence of food insecurity in each county and congressional district in our nation," said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. "It will help policy makers and our elected officials understand the challenges they face in addressing hunger in the communities they serve."

The study is supported by the Founding Sponsor Howard G. Buffett Foundation as well as the ConAgra Foods Foundation and Nielsen. The food price data and analysis were provided by Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN), a global provider of information and insights. The lead researcher is Dr. Craig Gundersen, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, Executive Director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory, and member of Feeding America's Technical Advisory Group.

County and congressional district food-insecurity details and the full report are available at map.feedingamerica.org/ .

 

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing more than 8.8 million lbs. of food annually to more than 300 charitable feeding programs throughout a 22-county service area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Hunger programs include the Backpack Program which provides over 2000 children with nourishing food to take home on weekends during the school year, the Kids Café Program providing evening meals to children at three sites, Mobile Food Pantries which directly feed thousands of families each month, and School Pantries which serve needy children and their families.

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