summer meals_blog

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 […]

Taste 2017 event recap_blog

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, […]

ACE 2017 recap

ACE brings a full house to the Food Bank

19/May/17 / 06:00

Fridays usually mark the end of work week and the start of a much-deserved weekend, but that wasn’t the case at Northern Illinois Food Bank’s West Suburban Center in Geneva on Friday, May 5. The excitement around the Food Bank’s second annual Access, Capability, and Engagement (ACE) Conference had the hallways buzzing in the days […]

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Easy recipes for breakfast with mom

12/May/17 / 06:00

“They are not kidding when they say that mothers are strong women. We need to be strong in more ways than our children will ever know.” – M.B. Antevasin Mothers hold a special place in our hearts and in the community. Whether she’s prepping for meals, presenting to clients, cheering from the sidelines, or budgeting […]

senior grocery market_blog

New program helps feed our senior neighbors

05/May/17 / 06:00

Every week, Northern Illinois Food Bank serves 71,500 hungry neighbors, nine percent of whom are over the age of 60. That’s more than 6,000 seniors every week. We at Northern Illinois Food Bank are dedicated to taking one tough choice – choosing between paying for medicine and paying for groceries – off the plates of […]

ecofriendly initiatives

Filling plates instead of landfills

01/May/17 / 20:01

The spirit of Earth Day lingers on at Northern Illinois Food Bank, as well as Feeding America and all 200 Food Banks across the network, where we consider our impact on the Earth every day. We strongly believe the nature of our work requires us to do our part, not only in helping reduce food […]

priceless volunteers_blog

You can’t put a price on volunteering

21/Apr/17 / 19:32

“Volunteers aren’t paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Sherry Anderson     Here at the Food Bank, we think it’s important to remind everyone just how vital volunteers are to achieving our mission to end hunger in Northern Illinois. Without them, the 62.5 million meals we distributed last […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Vi Nelson

14/Apr/17 / 18:50

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and because our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, this celebratory month isn’t taken lightly here at Northern Illinois Food Bank! Last year alone, we welcomed more than 31,000 unique volunteers through our doors. Altogether, our awesome volunteers donated more than 155,000 hours of their time to helping solve […]

Foodie 5K_cantigny 2017 recap

Foodie 5K – Cantigny Park, 2017

12/Apr/17 / 16:32

April 1 may have been April Fool’s Day, but the Food Bank’s first Foodie 5K of the year was no joke! Over 1,600 runners, walkers, and foodies alike spent the sunny Saturday in Wheaton completing a 3.2 mile course, raising funds for our neighbors and spreading awareness of their ongoing fight against hunger.   Twisting […]