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 2013, approximately 11,597 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 2014, 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.
A special thank you to Joy Rust from Common Ground Food Co-op for the fantastic photos of our Farm to Foodbank Program.