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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 […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Vi Nelson

14/Apr/17 / 18:50

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and because our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, this celebratory month isn’t taken lightly here at Northern Illinois Food Bank! Last year alone, we welcomed more than 31,000 unique volunteers through our doors. Altogether, our awesome volunteers donated more than 155,000 hours of their time to helping solve […]

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Foodie 5K – Cantigny Park, 2017

12/Apr/17 / 16:32

April 1 may have been April Fool’s Day, but the Food Bank’s first Foodie 5K of the year was no joke! Over 1,600 runners, walkers, and foodies alike spent the sunny Saturday in Wheaton completing a 3.2 mile course, raising funds for our neighbors and spreading awareness of their ongoing fight against hunger.   Twisting […]

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If you like piña coladas

07/Apr/17 / 18:17

Covered with tough plates and sporting a sharp crown of leaves, pineapples hide their treasure of golden fruit well. But chopping a pineapple down to size isn’t as difficult as it looks! Start with a ripe fruit and this blog post.   The tall, yellow fruit that typically comes to mind when you think of […]


Continuing to bring Milk2MyPlate

31/Mar/17 / 16:41

Got Milk?   This simple phrase kicked off a campaign nonpareil for the California Milk Processor Board in 1993. Created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners advertising agency, the campaign had an incredible impact on the sale of cow’s milk in California and brought us the iconic “Got Milk?” mustaches we know and love.   With […]

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Favorite Seasonal Produce: Spring

24/Mar/17 / 06:00

This year, Spring officially began on March 20. With all the warm weather we’ve had lately, many of us can’t wait for higher temps that are here to stay. To celebrate sunny skies to come, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables to inspire your Spring cooking adventures.   Be […]

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Foodie 5K – Day of the race (Part 3 of 3)

22/Mar/17 / 14:45

You’ve prepared for the race, you’ve reflected on the “why” (raising funds directly impacts the lives of hungry neighbors in your community – learn more in this post), now it’s time to GET EXCITED! The fourth annual Foodie 5K at Cantigny Park is just two weeks away, and our team has been working around the […]

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Employee Appreciation – Together, we can solve hunger

17/Mar/17 / 06:00

From a very young age, we’re constantly asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Some children already know they want to become doctors, while others aspire to become famous singers. There are also some people who go through childhood without having one defining vision for their ideal career, as their dreams […]

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Foodie 5K – Why we run (Part 2 of 3)

15/Mar/17 / 14:25

Only two weeks left until the Foodie 5K at Cantigny Park. If you’ve started the Couch to 5K plan from the last post, you should be feeling more confident and excited to hear the horn at the start line – keep going!   We all love how our body feels from training—the camaraderie you may […]

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Foodie 5K – Lace up for the race! (Part 1 of 3)

10/Mar/17 / 06:00

At the Food Bank, we love food. Some of us like to cook it, but all of us like to eat it. That’s why we work hard every day to make sure everyone in Northern Illinois has access to it.   So when our events team announced the idea behind the Foodie 5K, it was […]