“As the need has doubled and even tripled locally in recent weeks, knowing this campaign will help provide millions of dollars in groceries for our neighbors statewide when they need us most is simply incredible—there’s never been a more important, impactful time for a campaign like this than right now,” said Julie Yurko, Northern Illinois Food Bank’s president.
Television and radio stations throughout Illinois joined forces in a statewide campaign that raised more than $1.5 million to combat hunger and food bank shortages in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinois Broadcasters Uniting Against Hunger kicked off March 26 with news stories and promotion about the dramatic rise in food insecurity.
The drive was scheduled to be a month-long effort but was extended to April 30 when the response was so great.
“The Greater Chicago Food Depository is so grateful to the Illinois Broadcasters Association and everyone who supported this remarkable campaign,” said Kate Maehr, Greater Chicago Food Depository’s CEO.
“Because of you, we can offer food — and hope — to many thousands of families who are facing hunger for the first time.”
“As the need has doubled and even tripled locally in recent weeks, knowing this campaign will help provide millions of dollars in groceries for our neighbors statewide when they need us most is simply incredible— there’s never been a more important, impactful time for a campaign like this than right now,” said Julie Yurko, Northern Illinois Food Bank’s president.
“I want to thank the people of Illinois, many of whom are also hurting, for their overwhelming generosity,” said John Idler, Illinois Broadcasters Association board chairman and general manager of WLS, the ABC affiliate in Chicago.
“It is a testament to what is possible when TV and radio broadcasters throughout our state stand united in times of crisis.”
“The outstanding generosity of Illinoisans and local broadcasters as well as the incredible power of local broadcast media never cease to amaze me,” said Dennis Lyle, IBA president.
“What a remarkable achievement.”
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