Central Illinois Foodbank announced on Tuesday that it was set to receive a special delivery from Nayak Farms – a small family farm located in Gardner – whose mission is to feed the state by donating a portion of their crop each harvest to food banks and pantries across Illinois.
Nayak Farms says that it will deliver around 12 tons of its sweet corn to the Central Illinois Foodbank on July 26; owner Dr. Dave Nayak – who was born in Peoria, Illinois – splits his time between his farm in Gardner, Illinois, and Chicago, Illinois where he also operates the Strength to Love Foundation and the Strength to Love Asthma & Allergy Free Clinic.
As the largest private donor of sweet corn to the State of Illinois, Nayak Farms hopes to feed 250,000 food-insecure people with their nutritious sweet corn and newly planted green beans this 2023 harvest season.
Dr. Nayak noted:
“We at Nayak Farms are deeply committed to tackling food insecurity in Illinois and the Midwest. The Central Illinois Foodbank has special meaning as I was raised here. As a proud Central-Illinoisian, they serve many food-insecure who do not know where their next meal may come from. We hope that our model will help incentivize more farmers throughout our wonderful state and beyond to donate their yield or yield-equivalent to our Food Banks. Because at the end of the day, we all have an inherent responsibility to be a good neighbor to those around us in our communities.”
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