Giving Back: Day of Giving, Eastern Illinois Foodbank

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In our area, about one out of five kids are food insecure. WCIA 3 and Eastern Illinois Foodbank are teaming up for our Day of Giving community-wide event. Molly Delaney shows us how to get involved.

In our area, one out of seven people or one out of five children are food insecure, which means they lack consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity leads to stress and poor nutrition which contributes to chronic disease and creates a cycle that is difficult to break. Eastern Illinois Foodbank works to break that cycle. Our mission is to alleviate hunger and nourish stronger communities.

November 27th is our Day of Giving community-wide event, which raises awareness of food insecurity in our area and generates support for our mission. It is one of our largest fundraising events and this year we are partnering with WCIA and News-Gazette Media. We need volunteers to help take donations throughout the day and to help with food repacks that evening.

QUESTIONS (for the interviewer to ask the agency representative, please include answers as well):

What will volunteers be doing at the Day of Giving event? The back lot at WCIA will be blocked off and people will be driving through to drop off donations throughout the day. We need volunteers to collect those donations and bring them to EIF staff so they can be recorded. It’s kind of like being a car hop, which means volunteers will be working outside for their 90 minute shift.

What is a repack? EIF receives food in bulk quantities, for example, we have pinto beans in 2000lb bags in our warehouse right not. The beans need to be repackaged into household size portions before we can give them to our partner agencies, who distribute them to our food insecure neighbors. Volunteers at the repacks will be transferring large bags of beans into smaller bags of beans.

Are these the only volunteer opportunities? No, we rely on volunteers to do a variety of jobs at the Foodbank. If someone is interested in doing clerical work, helping with a Foodmobile, or sorting food on a regular basis, they should reach out. Last year, more than 2,000 individuals volunteered almost 10,000 hours at EIF. We can always use more help.

DATE AND TIME OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

EIF will be collecting food and funds from 6:00am – 7:00pm on November 27th at remote locations in Champaign, Charleston, and Danville. We want to make donating as easy as possible and will be accepting drive up donations for the 13-hour time period. Shifts will be 1.5 hours but volunteers are welcome to sign up for more than one shift. This volunteer opportunity is ideal for groups, individuals and families.

Repacks

EIF will be hosting a Regular & Family Repack on Tuesday, November 27th. The Family Repack is open to families with children 5 year’s old and older. The Regular Repack is open to children 10 year’s old and older.Children 5 – 13 years old MUST be accompanied by their parent.

* Day of Giving Repack, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, * Day of Giving Kid’s Zone Repack, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

All Repacks are held at our facility located at 2405 N. Shore Dr., Urbana, IL 61802.

How can we learn more about this event? Visit CUvolunteer.org. or sign up at eifoodbank.org.

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