PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) announced today that Fiscal Year 2018 Project Next Generation grants are being processed and paid right now.  Brimfield Public Library District is the recipient of a $19,460 grant.

“I am grateful that a library in my district, especially one the caliber of the Brimfield Public Library, has been selected to receive this funding,” said Rep. Spain.  “I have been working with area libraries since being sworn in in January to partner for my annual Summer Reading Club as well as recently hosting “Open Office” Hours at the Chillicothe Public Library.  Our libraries are a great community asset for all ages.”

The grants are administered through State Librarian, Secretary of State Jesse White.  The project grants are intended to bridge the technological divide of residents within communities and are based on community need.

Springfield, IL (Sept. 28, 2017) – In recognition of September as Hunger Action Month, the Walmart Foundation celebrated the donation of $301,000 in grants to five hunger relief organizations from across Central Illinois at a check presentation ceremony this afternoon. 

• $120,000 to the Peoria division of Midwest Food Bank. Nationally, Midwest Food Bank serves over 1,200 local nonprofits 
• $51,000 to Decatur-based Northeast Community Fund, which distributes food baskets with fresh produce, dairy products and meat 
• $50,000 to Urbana-based Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF), which distributes donated and discounted food throughout a 17-county service area 
• $45,000 to Springfield-based Illinois Coalition for Community Services (ICCS), a statewide organization which works to identify and alleviate hunger in low-income, food-insecure communities • $35,000 to Mattoon-based Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (SBL), which works to provide homedelivered meals to seniors in a 14-county region of Central Illinois 

“We appreciate Wal-Mart’s understanding that there is not only business needs in our community but personal needs as well,” said Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder. “Springfield is a great city but what will make us even better is to ensure that all of our residents have access to the daily necessities including food. This donation will help our youngest residents receive the nourishment that every child deserves.” 

“I am honored to join the Walmart Foundation today to present over $300,000 in grants to help fight hunger across central Illinois,” said State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-99th District). “The Foundation’s commitment to fighting hunger is inspiring to see and I know that these grants will go a long way towards supporting families across central Illinois who are struggling through hard times.” 

"The Walmart Foundation's donation to the Midwest Food Bank and other Illinois hunger relief organizations is heartwarming. This is much needed support coming up on a season when help is needed the most. Hunger is a daily reality for too many Illinois families and that's why donations like the Walmart Foundation's are so important to the communities they serve," said Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria). "Their contribution is to be commended."