CHAMPAIGN -- Thanks to you, families across Central Illinois will have hot meals on Christmas Day. You helped us raise $17,299 for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
All day long, people drove up to give donations ranging from $1 to checks worth hundreds. Foodbank workers weren't sure we'd reach $10,000 because of all the donations already made to tornado relief. We blew past that.
All the money will help put food on the table for tens of thousands of people.
CHAMPAIGN -- A steady stream of cars stopped by WCIA-3 Studios Tuesday to make sure food gets on the tables of those in need. Two weeks ago, you helped us raise $55,000+ for tornado relief. Now, you're helping us raise money for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
It serves a 14-county area, including Champaign County. The county's poverty rate is almost 25%. Thousands rely on services provided by food pantries. One in five children in Eastern Illinois goes hungry.
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