Mobile Food Pantries Coming Back to Champ. Co. After 2 Year Hiatus

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CHAMPAIGN--Mobile food pantries will make stops in Champaign County for the first time in two years. 

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank suspended its "Foodmobiles" in the county back in 2013 after determining there was a greater need for services in the surrounding rural areas.

However, some recent statistics show a surge in the number of Champaign County residents that don't know where their next meal is coming from.

According to Feeding America, 15 percent of people in the area are considered food insecure, including 20 percent of children.

"It still tells us that we've still got some work to do," said Kristen Bosch, vice president of development and community partnerships at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. "We still need to be able to still push those foodmobiles where we need them, make sure that our pantries are still getting really really nutritious food to get out there to the folks in need because the numbers are going up, they're not going down. 

The first foodmobile will be at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign from 10 am to noon next Saturday, August 8th.

The foodbank has committed to bringing five foodmobiles to Champaign County from now through next June.

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