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

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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: A Cup of Hope

Sunday, March 3, 2024 | The Abbington Distinctive Banquets – Glen Ellyn, IL


Ooh la la! Join us for the 9th annual A Cup of Hope, a Parisian-themed tea hosted by Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Executive Women’s Council! Coming on March 3, 2024, the weather outside may be unpredictable but inside we’ll be enjoying a springtime in Paris!

Judy Hsu, Emmy award-winning news anchor and Northern Illinois Food Bank board member, will serve as our emcee and guide us through a wonderful program including delicious food and drinks, a silent auction, raffles and more.

Upcoming Event: A Cup of Hope

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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

Volunteer, Dan, Giving Back to the Community

A long-time resident of Highland Park, Dan has been volunteering at the Highwood Mobile Market for about a year. Reflecting on the impact volunteering at the pantry has had on him, Dan says the experience “puts many things in perspective.”   The father of two high school students, Dan’s volunteering has become a family affair. “I […]

Feb 27, 2024

Senior Neighbor, Carol, Encourages Program Use

We met Carol at a Senior Mobile in Rockford, IL. Carol is a resident of Greencastle of Mulford residential community.  Carol, a resident at Greencastle of Mulford senior living facility, worked for social service organizations and is now retired. In her working life, Carol was committed to social service, which helped many people but didn’t […]

Jan 24, 2024

Why Jennifer Lamplough, Chief Impact Officer, Became a Food Banker

I became a food banker because I had a student named Terrence. I was teaching culinary arts at a local college and Terrence was in the first class I ever taught. Terrence was a terrible cook. Worse than terrible. Couldn’t follow a recipe. Didn’t know thedifference between broccoli and celery. Didn’t care about the fundamentals […]

Dec 18, 2023

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