Please join the Market and Eastern Illinois Foodbank for a special buy one donate one event. Happening June 29th, this event will benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank by providing fresh, local produce and more to those in need in our community. Bring donations to the northwest corner of the Market, near the City of Urbana tent. Thank you in advance for your donations and commitment to helping those in your community!
FARM TO FOODBANK
Farm to Foodbank is a program jointly developed by Urbana's Market at the Square and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to encourage Market food growers and producers to donate their excess produce and food products to the Foodbank for distribution to those in need.
The Foodbank is the major food resource for over 200 food pantries and other emergency food programs in a 14-county area of eastern Illinois. In 2012, approximately 13,569 pounds of produce and food were picked up from Market vendors and distributed area residents in need. That's a lot of fresh produce, which is one of the items most needed by area food pantries.
In 2013, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank will be continuing its tradition of picking excess produce from participating vendors at the Market. The Foodbank, in addition to being a tabling presence as a community group at the Market for years, has been picking up excess produce and other food products, during peak season, at the end of each Market day for the last several seasons. You'll see their truck at the end of the Market day at the Market site during peak season - June through September.
The Market is interested getting fresh food to everyone, and so deeply values its partnership with the Foodbank. If you would like more information about the Foodbank, its mission, and/or its programs, please visit their website or give them a call 217/328-3663.