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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 […]

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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 […]