Neighbors. Empowered.

Providing nutritious food and resources for our neighbors with dignity, equity and convenience.

How to help your neighbors

Ensuring all our neighbors have access to the food they need to thrive is a community-wide effort. If you are able to give your time, talent or resources – we value and need your partnership.

Get Groceries Near You

We work with over 900 food pantries, mobile food truck markets, and soup kitchens who distribute perishable and non perishable foods that you can choose from based on your dietary needs.


Your financial gift supports food distributions and feeding opportunities across 13 counties within Northern Illinois. Every $1 donated can provide $8 worth of groceries for a neighbor in need.

Assistance & Programs

SNAP/Food Stamps

Need help accessing this vital public program? We’re here to help.
Assistance & Programs

Child Nutrition Programs

Our Child Nutrition Programs, including the federal meal programs CACFP and SFSP, provide nutritious meals to kids after school and during the summer, and our BackPack Program gives food-filled backpacks for weekend meals.

Upcoming Event: Hunger Scramble

Monday, August 19, 2024 | Naperville, IL

Join us for the 26th Annual Hunger Scramble Golf Outing, presented by Old Second National Bank, on August 19th at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville.  This fun shotgun, scramble-style golf outing has on-course tastings, giveaways, and scenic views. Golf begins at 9:00 AM and will end at the 19th Green reception for a delicious meal provided by award-winning Hell’s BBQ, an open bar, silent auction and raffle prizes.

Upcoming Event: Hunger Scramble

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“Five years ago, my husband was in a car accident. We went from an income to absolutely no paycheck practically overnight. It was devastating. We didn’t know where our next meal was coming from.”


While Evetta worked, her single income was not enough. She began visiting one of Northern Illinois Food Bank’s partners, Wesley’s Table Food Pantry. There, she was able to pick up fresh, nutritious groceries to feed her family, and join a community that felt like family.


“When I came to the pantry to get food, they made me feel like I wasn’t alone. I’m not sure what we would have done without it.”

Evetta, Food Bank Neighbor

Recent Updates

Neighbor Melissa, “I don’t feel judged”

Every Friday afternoon, Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Highwood Mobile Market distributes nutritious food to neighbors in the community facing hunger. During a recent visit to the mobile market, we saw a long line of families, seniors, and individuals waiting in the cold to get milk, chicken, tortillas, potatoes, and much more.   One of those neighbors […]

Apr 26, 2024

Volunteer Nadine, I love people!

Meet Nadine, a spirited presence at Winnebago Community Market (WCM), whose dedication and enthusiasm infuse this community with joy and energy. “I love people; I love keeping busy and trying to stay young,” Nadine says with a smile. Introduced to the WCM by her granddaughter, Nadine has been volunteering for about 18 months. “My granddaughter […]

Apr 20, 2024

Neighbor Cliff, The Spirit of the Community

We met with Clifford at the Salvation Army food pantry in Kankakee, Illinois, to talk about the challenges his family has faced and the positive role the food and healthy eating services provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank have played in their life. “With what I make, I could never afford to get the […]

Mar 22, 2024

You Make an Impact

$1.2 million

granted to aid network Members serving our Neighbors

2 million meals

provided through 2,400 SNAP (food stamps) applications

50% increase

in orders distributed through My Pantry Express

18 million meals

distributed through Mobile Markets and pop-ups

130,000 hours

donated by volunteers

30,000 free meals

delivered to homes