give back summer_blog

Nine ways to support a summer without hunger

23/Jun/17 / 06:00

Whether you’re enjoying lounging in the sun or running from one activity to the next between work and summer camps, summer vacation should be a carefree time for kids. But when school lets out, we know that hunger sets in for children and their families who rely on free and reduced-price meals during the school […]

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You give local kids the fuel to thrive

16/Jun/17 / 06:00

Jennifer would do anything for her children. She knows one of the best things she can do to ensure their happy and healthy growth and development is fill their table with nutritious food. But that’s not always easy to do.   When we met Jennifer, her husband didn’t have steady work. Most of the family’s […]

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Fueling kids’ futures in and out the classroom

09/Jun/17 / 06:00

Ask a kid what their favorite part of summer is, and you’re likely to get this answer: no school. But, no school means no school lunches, which for some kids in Northern Illinois means no lunch at all.   Tenae, a mother of four from Zion, knows the struggle of providing food during the summer […]

Taste 2017 event recap_blog

A Taste That Matters benefits hungry neighbors

02/Jun/17 / 19:03

Thursday, May 18 may have been an ordinary spring day for some, but for Northern Illinois Food Bank’s team it was a day full of nerves, setup, and excitement as the sixth annual A Taste that Matters culinary event unfolded. Under the crystal chandeliers and colorful lights of the Grand Ballroom at Drury Lane in […]

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Senior Meal Box helps Arlene

26/May/17 / 06:00

Arlene (77) has been a resident of Castle Towers Senior Living Community in Bensenville for more than 10 years, but you can tell she is still a city girl at heart. Born and raised in Chicago, Arlene has a wildly independent spirit and has traveled abroad many times throughout her life, including to India, Egypt, […]

ACE 2017 recap

ACE brings a full house to the Food Bank

19/May/17 / 06:00

Fridays usually mark the end of work week and the start of a much-deserved weekend, but that wasn’t the case at Northern Illinois Food Bank’s West Suburban Center in Geneva on Friday, May 5. The excitement around the Food Bank’s second annual Access, Capability, and Engagement (ACE) Conference had the hallways buzzing in the days […]

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Easy recipes for breakfast with mom

12/May/17 / 06:00

“They are not kidding when they say that mothers are strong women. We need to be strong in more ways than our children will ever know.” – M.B. Antevasin Mothers hold a special place in our hearts and in the community. Whether she’s prepping for meals, presenting to clients, cheering from the sidelines, or budgeting […]

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New program helps feed our senior neighbors

05/May/17 / 06:00

Every week, Northern Illinois Food Bank serves 71,500 hungry neighbors, nine percent of whom are over the age of 60. That’s more than 6,000 seniors every week. We at Northern Illinois Food Bank are dedicated to taking one tough choice – choosing between paying for medicine and paying for groceries – off the plates of […]

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Filling plates instead of landfills

01/May/17 / 20:01

The spirit of Earth Day lingers on at Northern Illinois Food Bank, as well as Feeding America and all 200 Food Banks across the network, where we consider our impact on the Earth every day. We strongly believe the nature of our work requires us to do our part, not only in helping reduce food […]

priceless volunteers_blog

You can’t put a price on volunteering

21/Apr/17 / 19:32

“Volunteers aren’t paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Sherry Anderson     Here at the Food Bank, we think it’s important to remind everyone just how vital volunteers are to achieving our mission to end hunger in Northern Illinois. Without them, the 62.5 million meals we distributed last […]