8 Illinois food banks to receive nearly $4.5 million

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BERWYN - Eight Illinois food banks are expected to receive nearly $4.5 million in order to modernize their facilities.

The funding was announced by Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday.  The money comes from a capital fund, and will assist food banks located in areas around Rockford, Peoria, and Chicago.  

According to Quinn's office, the food banks that will receive the funding help nearly two million people.  The president of Feeding Illinois, the association that runs the food banks, says the money is a step forward in helping hungry people in the state.

The food banks will use the funding to purchase computer equipment and software.  The money will also be used to train employees on new digital record keeping.  The new system attempted at Chicago food pantries this year, with the idea of improving efficiency and reducing paper use.
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