River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing nearly 7 million lbs of food annually to more than 300 charitable feeding programs throughout a 22 county service area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. More than 10,000 people receive food assistance each week through River Bend's distribution network.
Donations collected from Augustana's Business Day 2013 will go towards helping River Bend's Backpack Program. This program targets pre-school, elementary and middle school children who are at risk of chronic hunger. Each child receives a weekly food pack filled with child-friendly, easy to prepare, non-perishable food on Fridays to put in their backpacks and take home for the weekend, when school breakfasts or lunches are not available. The Backpack Program currently serves 31 schools and 1,400 of the neediest children in the Quad Cities.
For more information on the River Bend Foodbank, please click here: http://www.riverbendfoodbank.org/backpack.htm