Sen. Stadelman

ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman announced that Northern Food Bank in Rockford has received funding to provide free, locally produced food to at-risk communities.

“This investment comes at a crucial time, as communities continue to grapple with food insecurity, exacerbated by the ongoing challenges we face,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “This funding will fortify our community food banks, enabling them to expand their reach and better serve individuals and families facing food insecurity.”

The Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement allows Illinois to purchase food at fair market value, directly from socially disadvantaged farmers. Food is distributed by providers such as food banks to communities in need. In total, 20 grants were awarded – including Northern Illinois Food Bank in Rockford.

The grants were awarded in partnership with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

“This funding will go a long way for communities in Rockford,” said Stadelman. “Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.”

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