field agriculture farm cerealsCHAMPAIGN- Studies have shown 44 percent of the men and women joining the military come from rural areas and may have a farming background.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging returning veterans to take advantage of tools and resources available to help them follow their dreams of starting a farm in Illinois.

“Our veterans have worked diligently to protect our freedoms and keep us safe,” Bennett said. “It’s important for them to know that whether they are new to farming or grew up in a farming community, there are resources available to aid their transition into agribusiness.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently announced an expanded collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense to improve outreach with returning service men and women. The USDA offers a variety of programs including loans, grants, training and technical assistance to veterans interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.

Since 2009, the USDA has provided $438 million in farm loans to help more than 6,482 veterans grow their farming businesses across the country.

For more information, area residents can call Bennett’s full-time constituent office at (217) 355-5252 or visit

BennettFoodKitchenCHAMPAIGN– To raise awareness about the importance of community food pantries and soup kitchens, Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) will be serving lunch at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.

Bennett is currently participating in the SNAP Challenge to experience what life is like for millions of low-income Americans living on an average daily allowance of $4.40. Many of our neighbors are experiencing difficult times and rely on area soup kitchens to receive a decent meal.

However, due to the budget impasse, soup kitchens in Champaign-Urbana are left no choice but to close their doors. The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen will be attempting to serve additional families without additional funding.

This news comes in light of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen’s recent purchase of a new facility to allow them to serve more residents. However, they still need to raise $300,000 for renovation costs.

Those interested in sending a tax deductible donation can send donations to Daily Bread Soup Kitchen at P.O. Box 648, Champaign, IL 61824.

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, 124 W White St, Champaign, IL (Inside New Covenant Fellowship Church, corner of Randolph and White)

CHAMPAIGN- In conjunction with Hunger Action Month, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is hosting a food and fund drive from September 14 through 30 in Danville and Champaign.

“In light of Hunger Action Month, I thought it would be helpful if the community could help provide our local foodbank with some much-needed items. I wanted to find a way for the community to come together to raise awareness on this issue,” said Bennett. “It is important to remember hunger isn’t a seasonal issue but a yearlong battle for many residents throughout Eastern Illinois.”

The need for donations does not end with the holiday season. Local food and fund drives are the key sources of food and funding in their effort to alleviate hunger in our community. 

A report released by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Feeding America reported the following:
• 17.4 percent of households include someone who is a veteran or who has served in the military.
• 82 percent of households report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food because they could not afford healthier options.
• 80 percent of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or food.

bennett hunger action danvilleVermilion County Food Drive Information: State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), Danville Township Supervisor Mike West and Central Illinois Community Action are community-wide food and fund drive to benefit Danville Township Food Pantry September 14 through 30.

Drop off locations and hours:

Senator Scott Bennett:
Danville District Office, 101 W. North St., (2nd FLOOR), Danville, IL
Drop off hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed on Fridays.

Danville Township Supervisor Mike West:
Danville Township Building, 101 W. North St., Danville, IL
Drop off hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

East Central Illinois Community Action:
56 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL
Drop off hours:  Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)

bennett hunger action champaignChampaign County Food and Fund Drive Information: State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is hosting a food and fund drive to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank from September 14 through 30.

Click here to make a monetary donation.

State Senator Scott Bennett:
Champaign District Office, Illinois Terminal Building, 45 E. University, Suite 206, Champaign, Illinois
Drop-off hours: Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Please call Sen. Bennett’s full-time Champaign office at (217) 355-5252 with any questions or concerns.


bennett silver beat rantoulRSRANTOUL – Working to bring state services to seniors in Rantoul, Illinois State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) is hosting a free senior workshop on September 15 at Hope Meadows.  

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Hope Meadows, 1601 Fairway Drive, Rantoul, IL


A representative from the Illinois Attorney’s General’s office will be present to educate seniors with updated information on financial exploitation and scams, their rights under new credit card rules and how to protect themselves and friends from scam artists.

To accommodate all guests, Sen. Bennett is asking participants to register by calling his full-time Constituent Service Office in Champaign at (217) 355-5252 or click here.


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Office Info

Champaign Office:
45 E. University Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 355-5252

Danville Office:
201 N. Vermilion St. Suite 323
Danville, IL 61832
P: (217) 442-5252

Springfield Office:
311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507