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Community Foundation of Central Illinois Awards $50,000 to Address Food Insecurity

Peoria, IL, March 17, 2022 - The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) announced the selection of the 2022 Ending Hunger Together grant recipients. The Ending Hunger Together Fund was established to address food insecurity in central Illinois by working to create a framework that mixes healthy food access, civic education and community development. This grant was also made possible by the Sow A Seed Fund, which was established to help combat food insecurity issues throughout central Illinois. The proposals submitted by HEAL Food System Partners, led by the Tazewell County Health Department, and Peoria Grown for their Market 309 project, will each be awarded $25,000 to help address food insecurity issues in the community. 

"With the ongoing support of our community partners and volunteers, CFCI's Ending Hunger Together grant will allow us to continue to address food insecurity here in Peoria. Our core programs, such Market 309, fruit stands, and cooking classes, are offered at convenient locations and at a low or no cost to remove barriers commonly faced in the populations we serve. Receiving the funding we need allows us to focus on serving those who need access to education on healthy food choices," says Abby Green, Peoria Grown Strategic Marketing Office and Board Member.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to continue building the HEAL partnership into its third year by working on Ending Hunger Together with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Our greatest success from our first year was building trust between dedicated organizations working to improve healthy food access to our most vulnerable. This partnership tests the alignment of programming through four community-based projects. Our hope is for these projects to continue producing wonderful outcomes, generate new and innovative ideas and foster healthy collaborative relationships between partners,” says Amy Fox of the Tazewell County Health Department.

"We are proud to support two fantastic programs that are working to address food insecurity issues in our community. Both the HEAL initiative and Peoria Grown's Market 309 have had, and will continue to have, an impact on raising awareness about food insecurity and increasing accessibility to resources for those who need them most," says Mark Roberts, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.  

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About the Community Foundation of Central Illinois

Established in 1985, the Community Foundation of Central Illinois is a philanthropic resource committed to connecting people who care with causes that matter. For more information, please call 309-674-8730, email [email protected] or visit  

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