Agricultural & Food Industry Donations

Thank you for your interest in donating food to Northern Illinois Food Bank. Last year, Northern Illinois Food Bank provided access to 57 million nutritious meals for hungry children, families and seniors in our communities. We can’t do it without your support!

Can food donations

Donations from Food Companies and Retailers

Donations of surplus food greatly benefit the Food Bank’s mission of feeding our hungry neighbors. In fact, donations made up 80 percent of the food Northern Illinois Food Bank distributed in FY15. Keeping surplus quality food out of waste streams and landfills benefits the donor, who may realize tax benefits for their generosity, as well as saving on disposal costs, while providing our hungry neighbors with the nutritional benefits of fresh produce, meat, dairy and deli items, shelf-stable and frozen foods.

We also welcome donations of bulk foods, such as cereal, beans, pasta and rice, which we repackage into family-sized bags in our state-of-the art bulk processing room. Personal care, health and beauty, household cleaning, and paper products are also in great need by the Food Bank.

In addition to tax benefits under the Food Provision in the Pension Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-280, Section 1202), all donors are protected by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donor Act of 1996. We appreciate every donation and send every donor a letter, which can be used for tax purposes, acknowledging their generous donation.

Although delivery or drop off a donation helps the Food Bank immensely, we will gladly pick up sizable donations at no charge. If you have a donation you would like to deliver to one of our three Centers, click here for locations and hours of operations.

If you are a food manufacturer, processor, wholesaler, distributor, or food broker interested in donating – or to find out more about our retail donation program – please contact Steve Ericson, (630) 443-6910 ext. 112.


Agricultural Donations

Feeding people. It’s what farmers do, and it’s what we do at Northern Illinois Food Bank, too.
Members of the agricultural community can help our hungry neighbors in many ways, including by donating farm-fresh produce or a portion of their crop proceeds to the Food Bank.

We are raising awareness about the ways farmers can work with the Food Bank to solve hunger. Listen for our radio spot featuring agricultural broadcaster Max Armstrong, and look for our posters at local agribusinesses that provide information about how farmers can help, or download a poster to display at your business.
Fresh produce is often costly and difficult to obtain, but is vital to our efforts of increasing access to nutritious foods for hungry neighbors.

Monetary donations are always welcome and are needed to purchase food not received through donations, and to help with the operational expenses of delivering food to partner feeding programs that span a 7,000 square mile area.

Northern Illinois Food Bank is able to turn every $1 donated into $8 worth of food. If you are a farmer or agribusiness who is interested in getting involved, contact Steve Ericson or 630-443-6910 ext. 112, or 630-768-8068.

Circle of Hope FY15 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015)


Platinum (>500,000 meals or donates weekly)

Gold (100,000 to 499,999 meals or donates monthly)

Campbell Soup Company
Conagra Consolidated
The Deli Source, Inc.
Educational Assistance, Ltd.
Feeding America
Fresh Express, Inc.
Frito Lay, Inc.
Hillshire Brands
Hormel Foods Corporation
The Jel Sert Company
J.R. Simplot Company
Karlin Foods Corporation
Kerry Ingredients & Flavours
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Pepsi Co, Inc.
Performacne Food Group
Potandon Produce L.L.C.
Post Foods, LLC
Prairie Farms – Rockford
Shiloh Missionary Baptiast Church
United Stationers

Silver (25,000 to 99,999 meals or donates quarterly)

Americold Logistics
Alsum Farms & Produce, Inc.
Balton Corporation
Barilla America, Inc.
Bayer Corporation
Black Gold Farms
Bolke-Miller Company
California Association of Food Banks
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Casestack, Inc.
Clearwater Paper Corporation
Clyde’s Delicious Donuts
Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Grocery Products Company
Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Dean Foods
Eby-Brown, Inc.
Feeding Washington
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
Giving Garden
Greg Orchards & Prodcue, Inc.
Gumz Muck Farms LLC
Hands of Hope Illinois
Home Run Inn Frozen Foods
Hostess Brands, LLC
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Import Logistics, Inc.
Jim Origer Farm
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
Kerlikowshe Farms
Kikkoman International
Land O’ Lakes, Inc.
Long & Scott Farms, Inc.
Mars Food U.S. LLC
Materne North America
McDonald’s Corporation
McKay Transcold, LLC
McLane Company
Mott’s LLP
Niagara Bottling, LLC
Oberweis Dairy, Inc.
Orgain, Inc.
OSI Industries, LLC
Outreach, Inc.
The Pampered Chef
Premier Melon Company, Inc.
The Proctor & Gamble Company
Proven Partners Manufacturing
Pure Vida Farms
Reinhart Foodservice, LLC
Roberson Onion Company
S & D Coffee
Symms Fruit Ranch, Inc.
Texas Food Bank Network
Torrey Farms, Inc.
Vimpex International Corporation
W.E. Bailey Produce Company