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'Foodmobile' to Assist Qualifying Families

Oct 3, 2012 - Dawn Thomson

foodmobile.jpgCHARLESTON — Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Eastern Illinois Foodbank are teaming up to distribute a truckload of food from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to area families.

The distribution will be held at Standing Stone Community Center, 201 N Sixth St., Charleston, from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 15.

All Coles County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome.

Maximum monthly income per eligible household (each additional household member over eight — $611):

Income guidelines and household size are as follows: $1,722 for one member; $2,333 for two; $2,943 for three; $3,554 for four; $4,164 for five; $4,775 for six; $5,385 for seven; $5,996 for eight.

The distribution is part of the Foodbank's Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to areas of chronic or extreme need.

Through the program, local companies and organizations are invited to contribute toward a one-day distribution of food and optionally participate in the distribution process.

The cost to underwrite a Foodmobile is $2,500. This month Enterprise Rent-A-Car is making the distribution possible.

New data released this year by Feeding America, the nation's network of food banks, shows that a staggering 15 percent of people in eastern Illinois are considered food insecure, which means they sometimes lack adequate access to food. More shockingly, fully 25 percent of children are food insecure. Data comes from

All eligible residents of Coles County needing food are welcome to attend the Foodmobile distribution.

To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, or approximately $3,554 per month for a family of four.

Other area Foodmobile distributions can be found by visiting the Foodbank's website and clicking "find help."