Thursday, June 6, 2013 01:59 pm
FEEDING THE MASSES
The Central Illinois Foodbank used to have to turn away volunteers – not because they weren’t needed, but because the Foodbank’s old facility on Moffat Avenue couldn’t accommodate all the helpers they needed. Now, the Foodbank is moved into the old Pepsi warehouse at 1937 E. Cook Street in Springfield, and they have a lot more room for volunteers, food and expansion. The Foodbank collects and distributes more than eight million pounds of food each year to soup kitchens and food pantries in 21 counties across central Illinois. They’ve seen a 40-percent increase in demand for food over the past three years, but their old facility had limited cold storage, forcing them to divert about one million pounds of food to other regions. The new facility, which was donated by Pepsi and is about 2.5 times larger than the old facility, allows for different levels of cold storage and easier unloading. Pam Molitoris, the Foodbank’s executive director, says that will allow the group to accept more frozen and refrigerated items. For more information, visit www.centralilfoodbank.org.