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

Julie Yurko’s November Letter

Our neighbors need nourishing food every single day. We’re serving the community every single day. Which might make you ask — why is providing food during the holidays so important? Maybe it’s because our mission is about more than food. It’s also about community and connections.  During the holiday season, we offer our Holiday Meal […]

Oct 24, 2023

Meals on the Move, Summer 2023

It was another fun summer of Meals on the Move, serving more than 5,000 free lunches to kids in Aurora and distributing over 14,300 pounds of produce! For our sixth year, we tried something a little different. Historically the summer lunch program has served kids one location at a time, often starting at 10am and […]

Oct 5, 2023

The Difference You Make

A Team Member’s Perspective Would you know how to explain the difference between a food bank and a food pantry? We know this can sound confusing, but it’s really quite easy to explain. Northern Illinois Food Bank supplies groceries to a network of 900 outlets across our 13-county service area, including soup kitchens, after-school programs, […]

Jul 20, 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