Help us to reach more of our hungry neighbors in Will, Kendall, Grundy and Kankakee counties by establishing a South Suburban Center in Joliet. So far, we’ve raised close to 90% of our campaign goal to open the South Suburban Center. As we draw close to our campaign goal of $731,000, the McCormick Foundation has generously offered to match all gifts received to accelerate the completion of our campaign and enable us to open the Center in 2017.
This effort will change lives for the better. There are so many of your neighbors who are depending on the continued support of caring people like you to fill their plates. Thank you for helping to solve hunger.
At Northern Illinois Food Bank, our mission is to lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. In the past year the Food Bank distributed 13.2 million meals through 173 program partners in Will, Kendall, Grundy and Kankakee counties. Feeding America reports that residents of these counties are still missing 4.5 million meals each year.
“I’ve never been in this position before,” Diane says of her financial situation. She used to donate to hunger-relief organizations, and it’s tough to be on the other side of generosity now. “We would be going hungry without this,” she says.
Northern Illinois Food Bank is helping solve hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need in Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will & Winnebago counties. We provided 62.5 million meals last year thanks to our network of 800 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and special programs like the BackPack Program and our Mobile Pantries.
In the past year Northern Illinois Food Bank distributed 13.2 million meals through 173 program partners in Will, Kendall, Grundy and Kankakee counties. However, Feeding America reports that residents of these counties are still missing 4.5 million meals each year.
The Food Bank has selected an 18,000 sq.ft. rental space in Joliet to be the home of our South Suburban Center. The center will provide a convenient location for our 77 food pantries and soup kitchens in Will, Kendall, Grundy and Kankakee counties to pick up food when they need to supplement their regular deliveries. We project that the center will enable our network to distribute an additional one million meals in the four-county area. The center will also have space for volunteers to help us with sorting and packing donated food.
We are planning to open the center in 2017. We are over 90% of the way to our campaign fundraising goal of $731,000. We welcome donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and community groups to help us meet the goal and make the South Suburban Center a reality.
The center will also have space for members of the community to volunteer in our mission. Corporate and community groups of up to 50 will be able to work together sorting and packing food for distribution to our hungry neighbors. This hands-on work is a great opportunity for group team-building, youth service hours, and individuals looking for an ongoing way to give back. Volunteer opportunities will be available – please complete this form if interested, and we will contact you when volunteer registration is open.
Contact Hester Bury – Email or call 630-443-6910 ext 124