Eastern Illinois Foodbank brought in over one million pounds of food and other grocery product in December 2015, setting a new record for the most pounds received in one month at the Urbana facility.
The Foodbank received 1,045,079 lbs. of grocery items during the final month of 2015. That total shatters the record of 877,006 lbs. set in January 2014.
The increase is due, in large part, to the generosity of our donors. Donated product for December totaled nearly 600,000 lbs., almost 100,000 lbs. more than the previous record set in August 2005 of 492,836 lbs. In addition to manufacturer and retailer donations, Eastern Illinois Foodbank also receives food from USDA commodities and food drives, while also purchasing a small percentage of product.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled with this news,” said Jim Hires, President and CEO of Eastern Illinois Foodbank. “Our warehouse can hold a million pounds of product at any one time so to think that we could turn over the facility in just one month is really incredible. We’re so thankful to our partners and donors that made this possible. With their support, more food found its way to those that need it most.”
Last year, the Foodbank distributed 7.5 million pounds of food and other needed essentials, including 1.5 million pounds of fresh produce. Totals for FY16 will be available in July 2016, at the conclusion of the fiscal year.