Food collected during the month-long food drive will be donated to the Peoria Friendship House food pantry. It provides more than 52,000 meals every year to needy families in Peoria.
"Things are maybe getting a little bit better, but it's still really though out there. And there's more people in need this year than last year, or the year before that or the year before that," said Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis.
"Right now our pantry is somewhat bare, so with this kickoff, by the end of this campaign we're hoping our shelves will be full," said Jenny Lee, Friendship House.
The goal is to collect 25 tons of food. You can donate non-perishable food items, buy a pre-packaged sack of groceries at Kroger, or give a cash donation at the check-out.