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Market at the Square to host BUY ONE, DONATE ONE this Saturday, June 29

From Natalie Kenny Marquez, Marketing Coordinator/Director, Urbana’s Market at the Square:

The City of Urbana’s Market at the Square is pleased to work with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to host a special donation event at the Saturday, June 29th farmers market.  The event, BUY ONE DONATE ONE, will offer patrons a chance to buy fresh, local produce for themselves and then donate some to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

The event will take place this Saturday, June 29th during the farmers market, which kicks off at 7 a.m. and runs until noon, rain or shine.  The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will have a tent and donation collection at the northwest corner of the Market, near the City of Urbana tent.  To view the Market map, please visit

“The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is committed to alleviating hunger by providing a greater amount of nutritional food to children and their families,” stated Julie Melton, Director of Marketing & Development for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. “Through this partnership, we will be able to collect fresh food to be directly distributed to our agencies and the individuals they serve.”

Eastern Illinois Foodbank works to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois through cooperation with a network of food pantries, agencies and other programs. The Foodbank distributes donated and discounted food throughout a 14-county service area in cooperation with 220 member agencies and programs. Through these agencies, the Foodbank provides meals to more than 51,000 men, women and children each month. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, Feeding Illinois, the United Way of Coles County, and the United Way of Champaign County.

“I think this event is a great idea and will help make it easy to provide families in need with the fresh, local, healthy food available at Urbana’s Market at the Square,” stated Natalie Kenny Marquez, Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square.

To learn more about this event, visit  For general farmers market information please contact Natalie Kenny Marquez, Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square, at 217/384-2319, or [email protected].

To learn more about the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, contact Julie Melton, Director of Marketing & Development, at 217/328-3663 or [email protected].

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