DANVILLE — Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16 to area families at South View Elementary School, 133 E. 9th St.

Vermilion County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome, according to a release. Those attending are asked to bring boxes or bags 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, according to the release. Data released by Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks, shows that 14 percent of people in eastern Illinois are considered food insecure, which means they sometimes lack adequate access to food. Nearly 20 percent of children are food insecure. (http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx)

To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $3,793 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.”

Monthly income eligibility for a single person household is $1,926; two people, $2,607; three people, $3,289; four people, $3,970; five people, $4,652; six people, $5,333; seven people, $6,015; eight people, $6,696; for each additional person, add $682 per month.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank works to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois through cooperation with a network of food pantries, agencies and other programs like the Foodmobile Program. The Foodbank distributes donated and discounted food throughout an 18-county service area in cooperation with more than 160 member agencies and programs.

Other area Foodmobile distributions can be found by visiting the Foodbank’s website at www.eifoodbank.org and clicking “find help.”

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