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Happy Holidays from Northern Illinois Food Bank

23/Dec/16 / 06:00

  Thank you – our volunteers, our champions, our most valued supporters – for all that you do throughout the year for us. You make it possible for us to bring nourishment and hope to families in our community this holiday season and throughout the year. On behalf of the entire staff at Northern Illinois […]

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Use-By, Sell-By, and Best-By Dates – What’s the Difference?

16/Dec/16 / 21:47

Imagine the following scenario: It’s Monday morning, you’ve poured yourself a bowl of cereal and – still rubbing the sleep from your eyes – you open the fridge to grab the half empty gallon of milk on the shelf. Much to your dismay, the container is stamped with an expiration date of yesterday in red, […]

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A Fresh Space to Serve More Hungry Neighbors

09/Dec/16 / 17:35

The excitement is palpable as you walk into the newly-remodeled Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, nestled in the lower level of Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Glen Ellyn.   At the end of the bright, sunlit hallway is the check-in and waiting room, which smells deliciously of the baked goods that line the shelves in the […]

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Squash Season is Here

26/Oct/16 / 16:33

The weather is turning crisp, the leaves are changing colors and it’s time for all the fall favorites!   This time of year, no one can escape the pumpkin pies, the pumpkin bars and the pumpkin lattes – but there are other members of the squash family that are equally as good. We recently received […]

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Giving Back for the Holidays

25/Oct/16 / 22:51

  As they were able to see firsthand how their gifts make a difference for families at risk of hunger, the couple also began to donate individually. They both feel strongly about focusing their efforts into growing Northern Illinois Food Bank to help feed as many families as they can.   Linda is a lifetime […]


Making Ends Meet Because of You

25/Oct/16 / 22:48

Your gifts are a lifeline to your neighbors who struggle with hunger. For some families, your support ensures they won’t miss a meal.   Rick’s family is one example how much your generosity makes a difference. Rick has lived in Rockford for 40 years now. He came here to work at the Chrysler plant, where […]


Bringing Hope to Young Zade

25/Oct/16 / 22:45

Help Zade and Other Children   Make a donation — every $1 donated provides $8 worth of food   Donate   Help sort and pack food at one of our Centers   Volunteer   Over the past few years, young Zade’s family has weathered tough times. After serving in the Army, his dad, Chris, has […]


Grapes and Orange Juice a Winning Combination for Young Sisters

17/Oct/16 / 00:23

Help Grace and Other Children   Make a donation — every $1 donated provides $8 worth of food   Donate   Help sort and pack food at one of our Centers   Volunteer   Eva Kay recently visited the Minooka Bible Church food pantry with her granddaughter, Grace. Grace is an energetic little girl with […]

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Fall Family Fun!

03/Oct/16 / 15:51

Say goodbye to the 90-degree days of summer and welcome the crisp air of fall.   What could be more fun than spending a leisurely day picking apples and selecting pumpkins in preparation for Halloween?   The Northern Illinois area is rich in its offerings of apple orchards and pumpkin patches.   Following is a […]


LET’S DO LUNCH! Healthy Back-to-School Meal Ideas

13/Sep/16 / 20:03

✓ Vacation. ✓ Time at the lake. ✓ Swimming. ✓ Miniature golf. ✓ S’mores. ✓ Trips for ice cream. ✓ Bike riding. ✓ Backyard BBQs.   And now…it is time to go back to school!   Summer is sadly drawing to a close. Hope it was filled with sunshine, grilling and happy memories. Soon enough […]