Learn More About Hunger

  • Hunger affects people you see every day—the cashier at the grocery store, a child in your son or daughter’s class, the senior down the street who requires expensive medications.
  • Hunger exists in every county and every congressional district in the nation.
  • Hunger, which was once considered a problem for very low-wage earners, is now a problem for people from all walks of life.
  • Many people live one paycheck away from financial disaster. An unexpected illness, injury, car repair, or life change can put a self-sufficient person at risk of hunger.

How We Work

  • There is more than enough food in America to feed every man, woman and child, yet here in Central Illinois, thousands of people face hunger. The Peoria Area Food Bank secures 1.5 million meals a year and provides them to people in need through local food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens.
  • As a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, Peoria Area Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger in our community and playing a vital role in solving the nation’s problem of hunger. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in making sure every family has enough to eat. Support Peoria Area Food Bank.

Child Hunger

  • Research shows that children who experience hunger face significant stress and challenges that can have a lasting effect on their physical, cognitive and behavioral development.
  • Hunger affects a child’s ability to learn and perform well at school. Children who experience hunger come to school ill-prepared to learn, are more likely to have trouble focusing in class, and may struggle with complex social interactions and adapt less effectively to environmental stress.
  • Children who rely on free and reduced-price school lunches are at even greater risk of hunger during evenings, weekends, extended school breaks and other times when school is out. For many, the meals they receive in school are the only regular meals they can count on receiving.