Making a Difference: Package Rice with Illini Fighting Hunger

The Wesley Evening Food Pantry serves hundreds of individuals in the Champaign-Urbana community who face food insecurity. Among the most needed items for the Pantry’s monthly distribution is long-grain white rice. To meet needs, especially during the summer months, the Wesley Evening Pantry requires approximately 2,000 lbs of long-grain white rice per month.

Since September, 2012, the Wesley Evening Food Pantry has been provided with sufficient rice through the effort of community supporters. The concept is simple: community groups purchase bulk rice and bags for re-packing and organize volunteers from their organization to repackage the rice into 1-lb and 3-lb packages for distribution at the Wesley Pantry.

Illini Fighting Hunger has facilitated this process since its founding in 2012. We provide the equipment and resources needed to make organizing a project simple for community groups, churches, youth groups, clubs and other organizations.

The Pantry has nearly run out of packaged rice during the month of June. This is an opportunity for your group or club to engage food insecurity in our community in a hands-on way and meet a very real need in our community.

It will take $800.00 to purchase 2,000 lbs of rice and bags, as well as 30 volunteers and approximately two hours to repackage one month’s rice needs for the pantry. However, there is no minimum event size requirement and we welcome projects of any size. We are happy to host you at the Wesley Foundation, or to take our equipment to your facility for a project. Please contact us if you are interested in discussing this possibility further.