February 2, 2011

Foundations To Assist in Fight Against Local Hunger

A news conference was held at the River Bend Foodbank in Moline to announce a major funding gift from a local community foundation and a statewide foundation.

The Moline Foundation and the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation of Oak Brook, Illinois will assist in the fight against local hunger. The gift is the result of a challenge grant campaign held in the Quad Cities the last few weeks and conducted by the Moline Foundation. Over 1.5 million people in Illinois now live in poverty. Of this number, approximately 500,000 are children. This statewide funding initiative will be used to provide nutritious meals for Illinois children through after school programs, weekend back pack feeding programs, and mobile distribution programs.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a Community Foundation which provides funding to health, human services, education, community, workforce and economic development development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren, McDonough and Henderson counties in western Illinois. The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation is the only statewide private foundation focused on improving the health of all children in the State of Illinois.