The Central Illinois Food bank serves more than 150 food pantries in 21counties, including some right here in the Tri-States.
In just the last few years, the food bank has had to step up its game as it's seen a huge increase in demand.
And just last month, it got a huge increase in space to help meet that demand after Pepsi donated an old bottling plant in Springfield.
Friend says the donation of its old bottling plant is the answer to a desperate need to keep food from going to waste.
"We have a produce cooler. We have a dairy cooler. We have a cold dock and then we have a much larger freezer. So we can properly store those products and extend the life of that product to make sure it's being sued and we are being good stewards of our resources."
But the food bank says there's still a huge demand for food to keep dinner on the tables of local families.
You don't have to go spend a lot of money. Kaleigh Friend says you can donate food you grow right in your own backyard.
"It's a great time for people to donate. If they have a garden at home, bring over a box of tomatoes. It seems like when they get going you always have too many."
The new facility is two and a half times bigger than the old one, so Friend says it has plenty of space to store donations.
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