Midwest Food Bank has recently received a donation from the Heart of Illinois United Way, a $40,000 gift specifically aimed at funding child feeding programs.

MFB Peoria’s Backpack Program supports 40 schools in Peoria, Putnam, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Non-perishable, child-friendly food is given to qualifying students on Friday to ensure access to food over the weekend. Nearly 5,000 children receive food from programs supported by MFB Peoria.

“Heart of Illinois United Way is thrilled to partner with Midwest Food Bank Peoria for the upcoming school year,” says Jennifer Zammuto, Heart of Illinois United Way President.

“This generous gift could not come at a better time,” says Monica Scheuer, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank Peoria. “We will be able to improve the quality and consistency of the food we provide.”

Midwest Food Bank has 10 locations in the United States, Africa, and Haiti. Their mission is to alleviate hunger by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites at no cost to the recipients.