Monsanto Fund awards Eastern IL Foodbank $5,000 grant

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URBANA – Employees from Monsanto in Thomasboro recommended the Eastern Illinois Foodbank for a several thousand-dollar grant to help one of its programs.

The funds come from the Monsanto Fund’s 2016 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to support the Foodbank’s Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to areas of chronic or extreme need.

Foodbank President and CEO, Jim Hires says 1 in 5 children, along with more than 157,000 individuals in eastern Illinois, do not know where their next meal will come from. Food mobiles sponsored by the Program provide food and grocery products to more than 500 people, including over 150 children.

“It’s particularly hard for those living in rural areas to gain access to emergency food. Our Foodmobile Program helps close a critical gap for those households struggling to put food on their tables,” Hires says.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank also received this grant last year, and it was also put toward the Foodmobile Program.

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the United States have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.

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