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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Outstanding Food Banks


Charity Navigator’s weekly Top 10 Tuesday series is intended to highlight and connect donors with exceptional charities doing important work. Today we’re sharing a list of ten outstanding food banks currently evaluated by Charity Navigator. This list was curated by highest total rating points from charities’ most recent evaluations.


For most of us, a dinner plate full of food is nothing special--we eat and we continue on with our day. For too many people, however, a daily meal is not a promise. This is where our local and regional food banks step in. They play an important role in addressing food insecurity and closing the gap between those with meals and those without. Learn more about ten outstanding food banks that are serving those in need in their communities:

Central Illinois Foodbank (Springfield, IL)
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Serving people in need

The purpose of Central Illinois Foodbank is to collect donated food and grocery items from growers, manufacturers, processors, and wholesalers for distribution to charitable agencies serving people in need. Central Illinois Foodbank is a warehouse located in Springfield, IL. Our food distribution program serves 150 agencies throughout 21 central Illinois counties. In addition to our partnership with our agencies, we are proud to host the Kids Cafe program. Kids Cafe is a nation-wide program through Feeding America, formerly America's Second Harvest, that feeds children a hot, nutritious meal in a safe environment.

Clark County Food Bank (Vancouver, WA)
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Alleviate hunger and its root causes

Clark County Food Bank's mission is to alleviate hunger and its root causes. This two-part mission statement includes both the providing of emergency food to hungry individuals and families, and also the preventive element of doing everything we can to help people not be in a long-term place of needing food assistance. We are now well positioned to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of the hungry and food insecure in Clark County for the long term. This is possible through an active and committed board and the ongoing generosity of community philanthropists, local businesses, individuals and grants, combined with collaborative partnerships, community volunteers, public education and advocacy.

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Fighting hunger, feeding hope

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is the largest hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma. The Food Bank distributes food through a network of 465 Partner Programs in 24 counties in eastern Oklahoma. These programs include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, low-income after-school programs and senior citizen centers, and veterans initiatives. Collectively, the Food Bank provides more than 396,000 meals each week.

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Alleviating hunger, nourishing stronger communities

Founded in 1983, Eastern Illinois Foodbank exists to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois by providing a reliable source of food for the hungry through cooperation with a network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other emergency food programs, working to feed the hungry. We acquire and distribute groceries and other essentials to hungry people throughout our 18-county service area and deliver over 10.7 million pounds of food – including 2 million pounds of fresh produce - annually. The food distributed through the Foodbank reaches more than 116,000 people every year.  In addition to working with member agencies across 18-counties in eastern Illinois, the Foodbank strives to increase access to healthy foods such as produce, dairy, nonperishable fruits and vegetables, grains, and meat to those in situations of food insecurity through our Foodmobile (mobile food pantry), School Pantry, BackPack, Food as Medicine, and Veteran Services programs. 

Food Bank of Siouxland (Sioux City, IA)
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Nourishing Siouxland’s needy

The Food Bank of Siouxland's mission is to "lead Siouxland in the fight against hunger."
We serve the hungry in 11 Siouxland counties by working with over 100 nonprofit member agencies, consisting of food pantries, emergency relief agencies, shelters, children's homes, day care centers, rehabilitation programs, senior citizens centers and other outreach programs.

The Foodbank (Dayton, OH)
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Leading the charge to relieve hunger for our Miami Valley neighbors

For more than three decades, The Foodbank has served as the link for food relief in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank- the only one of its kind in the area - nourishes the hunger relief efforts of the community through the acquisition and distribution of food to the hungry throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. The Foodbank provides the infrastructure for nearly 100 member programs that serve as the charitable food relief network in the area. The Foodbank strives to provide healthy, nutritious meals to all individuals we serve. Although The Foodbank's mission is simple, making it happen is a great undertaking that grows larger every day. Countless individual volunteers help us organize food drives, help sort and distribute food to the needy and help us raise much needed funds. No other organization in the Miami Valley does what we do.

River Bend Foodbank (Davenport, IA)
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Together we can solve hunger

River Bend Foodbank's mission is to lead the community-wide effort to end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. They do this by leveraging partnerships to help people in need stabilize their lives, engaging the public in hunger issues, advocating on behalf of hungry people, and the traditional food bank role of recovering and distributing surplus food through a network of hunger-relief agency partners.

Founded in 1982, River Bend Foodbank supplies food to more than 300 agency partners including food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, residential treatment facilities, day care centers, and senior centers. Collectively, these programs are the food safety net for tens of thousands of struggling individuals and families in the 22 counties served by River Bend Foodbank in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. In its first year of operation, 190,000 pounds of food were given out. In 2016, over 11 million meals were distributed to hungry people.

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Enabling community organizations to end hunger

Established in 1984, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Inc. works to enable other community organizations to end hunger. We strive to maximize community resources by effectively obtaining and distributing food through a food collection and distribution system. The Food Bank currently serves more than 250 non-profit member agencies in eight counties in Northwest Ohio including Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood and Williams. In effect, the Food Bank is a cooperative effort to solicit, transport, sort, repack and distribute large amounts of food and grocery products.

Weld Food Bank (Greeley, CO)
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Fighting hunger… together

Weld Food Bank's (WFB) mission is to lead and engage our community in the fight against hunger. WFB collects, stores, and processes food to distribute it to low-income people. We glean food from manufacturers, farmers, distributors, grocers and community food drives in order to make it available to hungry people in our community. We are an affiliate of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the United States.

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Our vision: A hunger-free community

Lead our community to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one.

Food banks play an important role in serving those in need in all our communities, but they need our help. You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find your local food bank. Consider supporting them with a cash or in-kind donation of groceries. 

For more tips on how to support your local food bank check out “Food for Thought: Charity Navigator Talks Supporting Your Local Food Bank.”

1 comment:

Angela Ashby said...

It's so encouraging to know there are such strong and awesome organizations out there doing such magnificent deeds, so thankful for all who give of themselves to make these things happen!!