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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 […]

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Volunteer Appreciation Event & Awards

27/Jul/17 / 17:23

Here at Northern Illinois Food Bank, our focus is on feeding our hungry neighbors, but recently our spotlight shifted to those who help make it all possible: our volunteers. On June 15th, our volunteers shaked, rattled, and rolled their way into the Food Bank warehouse to celebrate all the time and effort they have dedicated […]

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Planning the perfect picnic in the park

21/Jul/17 / 06:00

They say if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life. But let’s be honest – working full-time can put a damper on your summer when your kids are home on summer break while you’re lucky to catch a few rays walking from your car to the front door.   […]

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Ice cream or gelato, sherbet or sorbet… What’s the difference?

14/Jul/17 / 15:32

On a hot summer’s day, when the humidity has zapped your energy and you’re indebted to the few lazy clouds floating by, you’re probably not questioning what exactly is in the frozen scoop on your waffle cone. Ice cream, gelato, sherbet or sorbet – these refreshing treats are not just interchangeable names! They are unique […]

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“Better than brats” – healthy BBQ recipes

30/Jun/17 / 15:18

With countless days of sunshine and good weather ahead of us, grilling season is officially underway – and just in time for the 4th of July! While you may be tempted to indulge in a classic All-American barbeque full of red meats and saucy sides – best enjoyed in moderation – we’re here to offer […]

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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 […]

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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, […]