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Midwest Food Bank receives $256,000 grants from Caterpillar Foundation

PEORIA (WEEK) – The Midwest Food Bank in Peoria and East Africa is the recipient of grants from the Caterpillar Foundation – to the tune of $256,000.

More than $1.7 million has been donated to the Midwest Food Bank from the foundation since 2006, according to a release.

Grants in 2019 mark the second time donations were directed to East Africa, allowing for a farther impact and supporting the foundation’s goal of placing 50 million people on the path to prosperity by 2020.

The primary focus for the Midwest Food Bank in East Africa is distributing Tender mercies, the food bank’s nutritious packaged rice and beans meals to schools serving food-insecure children in 44 schools, orphanages and other non-profit agencies, according to the release.

The Peoria location serves more than 300 agencies.

“In addition to this donation, Caterpillar employees have a long history of volunteer service and personal donations to Midwest Food Bank,” said Monica Scheuer, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank Peoria. “We are so thankful for their investment in this community and beyond.”

“Tender Mercies meals cost 15¢ to produce in Kenya” said Denny Mott, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank East Africa. “These recent grants will allow us to serve more than 1 million meals to children in need of nutrition.”

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.

Jason Howell

Producer at 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC

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