Earlier this month, The River Bend Foodbank was recognized with a Q2030 award for being a catalyst for positive change in our region through their commitment to the mission of making the Quad Cities a hunger-free community by embracing collaboration – a core tenant of Q2030 - to develop and implement a coordinated set of hunger-reduction strategies. Mike Miller, President & CEO of the River Bend Foodbank had these words to share during the Chamber's Annual Meeting:
One of the things I appreciate most about the Q2030 vision is that being a cool, creative, connected, and prosperous community includes that no one should go hungry.
In Scott and Rock Island Counties alone, there are 40,000 people missing over 7 million meals a year. That’s 1 in 8 people, and 1 in 5 children.
There is enough food to feed everyone, we’re just throwing it away. And please know, except for baby food, there is no such thing as an “expiration date” for food. At River Bend Foodbank, we call that the “Donate Date.”
We’ve set a goal of tripling meal distribution to meet the entire need by 2025. We’re up 64% in 2 ½ years, we’ve doubled from 1 to 2 million meals in Scott County, and we’ll take what we learn there and apply it to each of the 22 counties we serve.
I’d like to thank the Chamber for this award, and also the RDA, SCRA, John Deere Foundation, and Accentra Credit Union for their support of this project.
Hunger is a completely fixable problem. The only thing it would take is for our entire community – every food manufacturer, distribution center, retail store, restaurant, and household – to commit to never throwing away food that could still be eaten by someone in need.
Together We Can Solve Hunger™.