Marketplace Mall plays host to Eastern Illinois Foodbank event

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CHAMPAIGN – Eastern Illinois Foodbank will be taking over the center court at Marketplace Shopping Center on April 7 to highlight the issue of local hunger.

Volunteers will begin constructing a large food display on Wednesday, April 7, and it will stay up for a week until next Wednesday, April 13. After a week, volunteers will publicly deconstruct the display and repackage the food for use by the Foodbank.

Building begins at 5:30 PM on Thursday, with the design being a recreation of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank logo.

This display is nearly two months in the making, with RATIO architects being brought in to recreate the logo on a larger scale. Over $5,000 in canned goods were provided by County Market for the project, and additional materials and support were provided by Kirchner’s Building Center and Wells & Wells Construction.

President and CEO of Eastern Illinois Foodbank Jim Hires says the project has been a great experience in shedding light on such an important issue with support from local entities.

“Using the public space of the mall to do a food repack during National Volunteer Week is a different idea that we’re excited to try. This will be a really fun event for us to highlight the important issue of food insecurity, while also utilizing our volunteers who are so vital to our mission,” Hires explains.

The repackaging event will take place from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Employees from Yahoo! Will repack the canned goods in the mall’s center court. All food will be transported back to Eastern Illinois Foodbank to stock the shelves for use by food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency food programs.

More information about Eastern Illinois Foodbank can be found here.

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