Pomegranates Pack a Powerful Punch

Pomegranates Pack a Powerful Punch

17/Feb/17 / 06:00

Think of a fruit that’s ruby red, shiny and round, and nutrient rich… What comes to your mind? Perhaps you are picturing a crisp red apple – but that’s not the only fruit that fits this description! While not as well-known as your standard Red Delicious, pomegranates have stood the test of time as a […]

Guilt-Free Sweets for Your Sweetie

Guilt-Free Sweets for Your Sweetie

10/Feb/17 / 06:00

Whether you’re looking forward to celebrating with your sweetie, or you’re planning to stock up on the day-after-discounts in the candy aisle, Valentine’s Day is a sugar-filled celebration – Right?   You may still be regretting the amount of sweet treats you indulged in over the holidays. No matter how successful (or not) your New […]

Making Holiday Meals Possible for Families

Making Holiday Meals Possible for Families

03/Feb/17 / 06:00

As we’re well into 2017, we’d like to take a moment to look back and reflect on the holiday season. We’re grateful for Mil and Veda for sharing their story with us.   Nina Renee plays quietly with her pink duck stuffed animal as she and her grandmother Mil and great aunt Veda wait for […]

Canned Foods are Good

Canned Goods are Good & Creative Food Drives

01/Feb/17 / 20:06

From refried beans to green beans, fruit cocktail to cranberry sauce – canned foods are a staple for families across the country. Even though these foods are as nutritious as fresh or frozen products (if not more)(1), canned foods tend to get a bad rap. They are often less desirable to the everyday shopper.   […]

Favorite Seasonal Produce: Winter

Favorite Seasonal Produce: Winter

27/Jan/17 / 14:59

As we inch closer to the start of Spring (which is just 7 weeks away…not that we’re counting or anything!) and try to keep our New Year’s resolutions on track, we may be finding ourselves in a bit of pickle as the rotation of the same old fruits and veggies – apples and carrots – […]

Heat or Eat? Everyday choices are tough for hungry neighbors

Heat or Eat? Everyday Choices are Tough for Hungry Neighbors

20/Jan/17 / 06:00

It’s a cold evening in January. You’re bundled in layers of sweatshirts and blankets to fend off the icy chill buffeting your door. The empty feeling in your stomach is growing – a hearty bowl of hot soup sounds perfect just about now. So what do you do? You get up, walk to the pantry, […]

Making a Difference, One Person at a Time

Making a Difference, One Person at a Time

13/Jan/17 / 06:00

Back in December, a member of our Food Bank team reflected on an awesome experience she had while representing Northern Illinois Food Bank at a holiday food drive in the Rockford area. A month later, we’re still so inspired by this story that we want to share it. The story beautifully reveals the selflessness and […]

VolunTeen Program 2017

VolunTeens – Giving Back After School

10/Jan/17 / 06:00

For some, Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day is just another day off to sleep in or do something fun with friends. But for us here at Northern Illinois Food Bank, and for many of our supporters and volunteers, it isn’t a day off at all because hunger never takes a break. This is especially […]

New Year resolution 2017 v2

Resolve to Solve Hunger this Year

06/Jan/17 / 06:00

We’re so thankful for the support we’ve received during the holidays! Your generous spirit helped us to provide more than 29,000 Holiday Meal Boxes to hungry neighbors in your community.   But hunger is a reality year-round for people who struggle to make ends meet. Resolve to help us solve hunger this year by adopting […]

5yr infographic_featured image

A Look Back at 5 Years in Geneva

30/Dec/16 / 06:00

As we look forward to the new year, we reflect on what a great year 2016 has been — including the 5-year anniversary of our West Suburban Center! September 27, 2016 marked the five-year anniversary of opening our West Suburban Center in Geneva.   In order to meet the skyrocketing needs of neighbors in our […]