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Food donations needed for 2017 Day of Caring

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The Heart of Illinois United Way and WEEK need your help to combat hunger in this year's Day of Caring.

Throughout the week of Labor Day (September 5-8), WEEK will collect food donations at our studios, 2907 Springfield Road in East Peoria. Area employers and organizations are also asked to run their own food drives in the two weeks leading up to the Day of Caring on September 8. 

Families and individuals will also be able to donate food at the Peoria Civic Center parking lot at the corner of Kumpf and Jefferson on Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Midwest Food Bank will help deliver the items. Non-perishable food items accepted include: 

  • Canned meals (soup, stews, chili)
  • Tuna (or other canned meats)
  • Boxed instant meals (mac n cheese, hamburger helper)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned or bagged beans
  • Pasta & spaghetti sauce
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Healthy snacks

Non-accepted items include:

  • Water and beverages.
  • Clothing
  • Chocolate and other candies.
  • Perishable items, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, and pastries. 
  • Flour or sugar

The United Way said one in seven adults and one in five children in Illinois are at risk of going hungry. 

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