Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF) on Sept. 11 announced a $5,000 grant from The Darden Foundation to help provide hunger-relief to eastern Illinois families. The funds will be used to help EIF alleviate hunger in its 18-county service area.

We are very grateful to Darden Foundation for this grant,” said Jim Hires, President & CEO of Eastern Illinois Foodbank. “The funds will help us continue to serve more than 58,000 people each month who are struggling with food insecurity in eastern Illinois.”

Eastern Illinois Foodbank, a member of the Feeding America® network, is one of 193 food banks to receive this funding from The Darden Foundation. It is projected that this grant will enable Eastern Illinois Foodbank to fund several initiatives.

The Darden Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity in communities across the United States. Their commitment to help is demonstrated through their partnership with Feeding America and their network of 200 food banks across the nation.

Feeding America has worked alongside The Darden Foundation for seven years in the fight to end hunger. Thanks to their ongoing support, the Feeding America network has been able to help provide even more meals to families in need.

To learn more about Eastern Illinois Foodbank visit www.eifoodbank.org.