The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) established the Ending Hunger Together Fund in 2019 to address food insecurity in central Illinois by working to create a framework that mixes healthy food access, civic education and community development. The grant was also made possible by the Sow A Seed Fund, which was established to help combat food insecurity issues throughout central Illinois.
The 2023 Ending Hunger Together grant recipients, HEAL Food System Partners, led by the Tazewell County Health Department, and Peoria Grown for their Market 309 project, were awarded an additional $20,000 to continue their work to address food insecurity issues in the community. In total, $240,000 has been distributed to combat hunger in central Illinois.
“It is important while celebrating the continued successes of our grantees, HEAL System Food Partners, and Peoria Grown, we recognize that bringing leaders together to collaborate and plan is key to creating lasting change surrounding food insecurity. Hunger and food insecurity are multifaceted issues that will take ongoing community collaboration and funding to address. We are proud to continue supporting the initiatives of our two grantees. These programs are raising awareness while also increasing accessibility to resources for those that need them the most, says Mark Roberts, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.”
“The Ending Hunger Together grants program takes a bold approach to this growing problem by addressing the root causes of food insecurity. Thank you to the generous donors and community partners who helped the Community Foundation create this important initiative.”
Would you like to be a part of the solution that addresses root causes of food insecurity? You can help by donating now. Every dollar you contribute will make a difference and is fully tax-deductible. If you would like to utilize a credit card, please visit Network for Good where you can submit a one time donation or set up a monthly or quarterly recurring donation. If you would prefer to write a check, please make it payable to “Community Foundation of Central Illinois” and mail to:
Community Foundation of Central Illinois
3625 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61604
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Questions? Please contact Sarah Fletcher, Director of Grants and Community Initiatives or call 309-674-8730.