DANVILLE — Eastern Illinois Foodbank is distributing a truckload of food to area families 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at South View Upper Elementary School, 133 E. 9th St.

All Vermilion County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome. 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. Data released by Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks, shows that a 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)

All eligible residents of Vermilion County who are in need of food and grocery product are welcome to attend the Foodmobile distribution.

To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $3,970 per month for a family of four.

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.

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

Eastern Illinois Foodbank distributes donated and discounted food throughout an 18-county service area in cooperation with more than 160 member agencies and programs.

Through these agencies, the Foodbank provides food to more than 100,000 different men, women and children each year. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is a member of Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), Feeding Illinois and the United Way of Champaign County.

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