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Heart of Illinois Harvest (HOIH) is a not-for-profit food rescue program founded in 1992 by Hobe Albright, Gene Slevin, Bob Baietto, and Bill Lervaag. Bob Baietto and Bill Lervaag continue to serve on the Board. HOIH was the first Chapter in Illinois and the 52nd Harvest Chapter Nationwide.
Those first food pickups began in December of 1992. In the early years dedicated volunteers averaged pickups of a ton of food weekly and delivered that food to about 5 shelters and food pantries.

In 2015, Harvest was picking up an average of 6 tons of food per week from 82 food donors. This food, 624,000 pounds in a year, would have gone to landfills if Harvest didn¹t rescue it. The food is delivered to some 50 shelters, food pantries, missions, churches and other feeding organizations.
This is made possible through the generous efforts of 76 active volunteers including 14 Board Members who also pick up and deliver food. Most of the volunteers are retirees. Harvest has one paid part-time staff person.

Heart of Illinois Harvest is supported by grants, donations, and in-kind services. Harvest won first place in the Governor¹s Hometown Awards in 1994 and 1996, recognizing it as a volunteer group that contributes to Illinois¹ economic progress and quality of life.
Heart of Illinois Harvest would like to extend heartfelt recognition to the below supporters who have made our efforts possible.

Caterpillar, Inc.
Rotary Club of Peoria North
The Community Foundation of Central Illinois


Chairman: Christie Cook
Vice Chairman: Bill Lervaag
Secretary/Treasurer: Matt Waugh

Board Members:
Randy Atchley
Bob Baietto
Ron Ball
Jay Buehler
Bob Cormany
Jim Crowley
Ed McAvoy
Tim Schlink
Steve Suttor
Joe Waugh Sr.
Norma Weaver


Tina Johnson, Program Coordinator