Woodforest Charitable Foundation donates $2,000 to Central Illinois Foodbank, Inc.

Central Illinois Foodbank Receives $2,000 Donation

Photo Caption:Woodforest Branch Managers from across the state joined Dr. David Gottlieb, Woodforest Charitable Foundation; Kim Marling, Executive Director/Vice President of Woodforest Charitable Foundation; Kristy Gilmore, Central Illinois Foodbank; and Boyd Nelson, Illinois Regional Vice President.

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Central Illinois Foodbank receives a $2,000 donation from Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

According to Feeding America’s 2010 Hunger in America report, almost 2 million children are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program and are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch.  For many children, the meals they receive at school are their only reliable source of food.  In an effort to provide children with nutritious food when school is released, the Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s contribution will be used to support the Food Bank’s Kids Café Program sites.

Central Illinois Foodbank is proud to host the Kids Cafe program.  Kids Cafe is a nation-wide program through Feeding America that feeds children a hot, nutritious meal in a safe environment.  All children who are currently enrolled in the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program are welcome to enjoy a warm, nutritious evening meal at the Kids Cafe every Monday-Friday.  Anywhere from 75-100 children regularly attend.  In addition to providing children with a healthy supper, the Kids Cafe is a safe place for children to go after-school to get involved in educational, recreational and social activities.  “We have made great strides in securing food; however, hunger is in on-going issue in our community,” said Pam Molitoris, Executive Director of Central Illinois Foodbank.  “Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s recent contribution provided over 7,200 pounds of food for our Kids Café Program sites.  We greatly appreciate your support of the Foodbank’s child nutrition programs.”

Central Illinois Foodbank, established in 1982, distributes nearly 6.4 million pounds of food annually to over 170 food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs and after-school programs in a 21 county region.  The mission of the Foodbank is to collect donated food and grocery items from growers, manufacturers, processors, wholesalers and retailers for distribution to charitable agencies serving people in need.

For more information about Central Illinois Foodbank, please call (217) 522-4022, e-mail or visit

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c)(3) charities.  For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the Foundation’s website at

Celebrating 30 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 850,000 customers with branches in excess of 750 throughout seventeen states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at