all about pumpkins_blog

All about the great pumpkin

13/Oct/17 / 18:58

Something shifts when the temperature dips below 65 degrees. At the first sign of autumn leaves, we break out the sweaters, scarves, and everything pumpkin spice. But while you can find pumpkin in coffee and creamer, baked goods and spreads, and even candles and potpourri, we’re going straight to the source at the end of […]

HAM2017 recap_blog

Hunger Action Month recap

11/Oct/17 / 18:57

Every September, hunger relief organizations organize events and rally their supporters to raise awareness of the existence of hunger and food insecurity in their communities. Without awareness of a problem, people cannot take action to help solve it! This year, the call to action in Northern Illinois was met with enthusiasm, as nearly 20 Hunger […]

orange foods_blog

Orange is the new kale

29/Sep/17 / 17:31

As we wrap up September, we continue to have Hunger Action Month orange on our mind – and in our food! We’re not only talking about carrots and pumpkins, either. Think citrus, persimmons, yams, and butternut squash (more on that later).   But first, what exactly makes orange fruits and vegetables like these so special? […]

HAM-paper plate_blog

On an empty stomach, I can’t…

22/Sep/17 / 06:00

How do you feel on an empty stomach? For the families, children, and seniors who face hunger in Northern Illinois, an empty stomach makes it difficult to reach their full potential. To raise awareness of the issue of hunger, we asked our neighbors to finish the sentence: “On an empty stomach, I can’t…” for our […]

cooking video_chicken_blog

How to cut a whole chicken into eight pieces

15/Sep/17 / 06:00

Buying a whole chicken can be intimidating. Where do you store it? How long do you cook it? How do you serve it?   Cut this stress out of your life by following along with Chef Jen as she divides up one whole chicken into eight pieces – perfect for a meal with family and […]

hurricane response_blog

Communities unite in the face of disaster: Responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

13/Sep/17 / 20:54

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers   In response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, which displaced millions of lives in the past weeks, we are […]

Hunger Scramble 2017 recap_blog

Hunger Scramble – sunny with a chance of golf balls

08/Sep/17 / 06:00

This year was our biggest and best Hunger Scramble yet! We had an outstanding sell-out crowd of 205 golfers join us on August 22 at Cantigny Golf Club. Although it was overcast early in the morning, the weather ended up being perfect for a round of golf benefiting Northern Illinois Food Bank.   This year, […]

HAM 2017_blog

HAM – Take action this September!

01/Sep/17 / 06:00

Every September, we join food banks across the country in Hunger Action Month (HAM) – a national initiative, established by Feeding America, designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. With the help of our communities, we’re raising awareness for those who struggle daily with hunger and food insecurity – […]

cooking video_peanut butter_blog

Peanut Butter: beyond the PB&J

29/Aug/17 / 06:00

Look beyond the PB&J sandwich and enjoy the timeless pairing of peanut butter and jelly anytime – these peanut butter & jelly muffins are perfect for a ready-to-go breakfast or quick snack!   Need a heartier meal? Blend up a peanut butter smoothie for lunch, or get creative with this Thai peanut noodle salad for […]

afterschool program elgin_blog

Afterschool programs ensure healthy start to school year

25/Aug/17 / 15:57

Milly Acevedo is the lead teacher at YWCA Elgin’s School-Age Child Care (SACC) program. She’s held this position for most of her career, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She loves these kids like her own.   This fall, Milly expects to see many familiar faces in the SACC program. Parents and guardians […]