WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that the Illinois Department of Human Services received $1,584,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grant. This will support eight food banks across Illinois, including three that serve Illinois’s 17th Congressional District: Peoria Area Food Bank, River Bend Food Bank and Northern IL Food Bank.
“Our regional food banks help ensure every family in Illinois can put food on their tables,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Today, I am thrilled to announce that eight food banks in our state, including three that serve Northwest and Central Illinois, will receive nearly $1.6 million in USDA grants to serve families in rural areas and provide essential nutrition to those who need it.”
The Illinois Department of Human Services will use TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant funds to:
- Support the establishment of additional food pantries or distribution sites in underserved areas
- Increase capacity at existing pantries that serve specific underserved populations and
- Initiate, enhance and expand mobile pantry operations in remote and rural areas.
TEFAP helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, USDA purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality USDA Foods and makes those foods available to state agencies.
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) utilizes its 15 nutrition assistance programs to ensure that children, low-income individuals, and families have opportunities for a better future through equitable access to safe, healthy and nutritious food while building a more resilient food system.