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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Our neighbors – they’re kind of a big deal

18/Aug/17 / 06:00

The following is taken from an interview with Julie Yurko, President & CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank – read the full story on Kellogg’s blog here. Once a month, I volunteer at a soup kitchen. As the President & CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank, I find this work fun and soul-filling. One recent […]

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Canned Beans: the start of something good!

08/Aug/17 / 06:00

Beans, beans, the magical fruit – high in fiber and protein, to boot! Follow along with Chef Jen to create a healthy and delicious meal with the canned beans piled in your pantry.     How You Can Help:   Volunteer at one of our Centers in Geneva, Rockford or Park City sorting and packing […]

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Growing the Garden Connect Program

04/Aug/17 / 06:00

You look in the mirror with a confident smile – every day this week, you chose to eat healthy salads and other delicious fruits and vegetables, and you even made it to the gym! Slowly but surely, your commitment to eating well and exercising is paying off.   For many, a transition to a healthier […]

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Helen and Mario’s story

28/Jul/17 / 06:00

Helen and Mario visit the MORE Center Food Pantry in Marengo twice a month to get food for their young family – they have two children: Atalayah (age 3) and Mario Jr., who just turned 1 in January.   Helen says Atalayah looks forward to the granola bars as well as some vegetables, and that […]