The State Emergency Operations Middle (SEOC) is working with the Division of Human Providers and our native emergency managers to handle an recognized want in our communities.Thus far, the SEOC has obtained requests for meals help from greater than 40 native emergency administration businesses.
Because the escalation of the pandemic, the demand for meals aid has skyrocketed. Meals banks are surging to satisfy an unprecedented demand.
To assist meet this want, the state is distributing 286 pallets of MREs (Meals Prepared-to-Eat) to 6 meals banks, as recognized by IDHS, for native distribution all through the state.
MREs are continuously used for service members in fight or different discipline operations the place organized meals services usually are not obtainable.
Inside every MRE bag is an entrée that includes a wide range of meals objects. One MRE accommodates roughly 1,250 energy (13% protein, 36% fats, 51% carbohydrates and 1/three of the really useful every day allowance of nutritional vitamins and minerals)
“No family should ever have to worry about putting food on the table, especially during this extremely difficult time,” IDHS secretary Grace B. Hou mentioned in a information launch from the state of Illinois.
“We are pleased to announce the distribution of additional meals to our food banks across the state and the assistance it will provide for the families that need it most.”
The Emergency Meals Help Program (TEFAP) is a federal program, administered by the Meals and Vitamin Service (FNS) of the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) and is managed by IDHS for the state of Illinois.
TEFAP supplies meals for free of charge to assist complement the diets of low-income households.
IDHS helps to handle the general meals distribution from the USDA to the eight meals banks that serve greater than 670 pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens throughout the state.
IDHS related the meals banks with this beneficiant supply of MREs and supplied contacts, supply info, and help wherever it was obligatory to make sure that the meals may very well be delivered to 6 meals banks in Illinois.
The state of Illinois will proceed to work with state and federal companions to establish methods to handle this continued want.