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River Bend Foodbank to Receive $1.7 Mil from Deere Foundation

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Michelle O'Neill
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Deere Cylinder employees volunteer, helping distribute food at a River Bend Foodbank mobile pantry.

The John Deere Foundation and the company's employees continue to try and end hunger in the Quad Cities. On Thursday, the charitable branch of Deere and Company announced it will give the River Bend Foodbank $1.7 million this year.

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Michelle O'Neill
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Nate Clark, President of the John Deere Foundation

Nate Clark, President of the foundation, says the food bank opened in the 1980s when the farm crisis hit the Quad Cities hard. That's when John Deere employees decided they needed to do more to help people who were going hungry. They provided the seed money for renting a warehouse and hiring two people to manage the organization which eventually became River Bend.

Also Thursday, a group of John Deere Cylinder Works employees helped River Bend Foodbank distribute groceries from a mobile food pantry. It was held in the parking lot of the TaxSlayer Center, right next door to the Cylinder Works on River Drive in Moline.

Last year, River Bend Foodbank distributed a record 23 million meals. More information about the 300 pantries the foodbank serves in Illinois and Iowa, plus details about other programs and donations, may be found at RiverBendFoodbank.org.

The foundation and foodbank also revealed a new video about River Bend's mission.

River Bend Food Bank Feeds People Today to End Hunger Tomorrow | John Deere Foundation