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Foodbank expanding to meet needs

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We've heard from so many local foodbanks that say they are in desperate need for food. That's why the Central Illinois Foodbank has expanded its facility to move into Pepsi's former facility at 1937 East Cook Street in Springfield.  

Officials at Quanada foodbank in Quincy say the food is going out as quickly as it's coming in. They simply can't keep the shelves stocked and at this time of year, it's crucial they get the donations needed to give out around the holidays.

Earlier this month, the Central Illinois Foodbank, which supplies goods to foodbanks, like Quanada, moved into a bigger facility.

That means more goods at food pantries here in our backyard.

"From all of the agencies we work with, including those here in Adams County have seen a 40 percent increase over the past 3 years. So, as we are putting out more food and we have more things available that need is increasing at an even faster rate. So, we're just working to always meet that need and better serve those agencies," said Kaleigh Friend, of the Central Illinois Foodbank.

The expansion will also make the option of fruits and dairy more readily available. At this new facility they will have bigger and better refrigerators and storage systems to keep these items good for a longer period of time.

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