The Central Illinois Food bank is participating in the 17th annual Feinstein Challenge.
Each year, philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein divides $1 million among non-profit hunger-fighting agencies throughout the United States to help raise money for their organizations.
Krista Lisser, Public Relations Manager of the Central Illinois Food Bank, says the rough weather is one reason donations are so important.
“This weather has just been brutal,” says Lisser. “Even though the temperatures have gone up a little bit people are still feeling the heating cost they had over the winter.”
“As summer approaches and spring break approaches kids are gonna be at home and they are not going to get the breakfast and lunches they get at school. So getting these extra dollars is so important to us right now to be able to feed more people as the need continues to grow.”
Lisser explains whichever agency raises the most money receives the biggest donation, so even the smallest donation can have a huge impact.
“If you give ten dollars that money could potentially get us $3,400,” says Lisser. “So your donation is going so much further than it would normally during these next few months.”
This is the ninth year the Central Illinois Food Bank has been involved in the event. Lisser highlights the success of last years challenge.
“Last year we received about $3,400 and we raised $1.2 million in central Illinois,” says Lisser. “Now, that not only includes monetary donations, but also if you donate a can of food in the month of March and April, we get $1 per pound or $1 per item that gets counted towards the food donation.”
Over $2 billion was raised from over 1,800 agencies nationwide last year to help those in need.
The Jacksonville Food Center at 316 East State is part of the Central Illinois Food Bank. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The competition runs from March 1st through April 30th. Donations can come in the form of cash, checks or food items. To donate or find out more information go online to www.centralilfoodbank.org