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

Get Groceries & Resources

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

Join us for the 9th annual A Cup of Hope, an afternoon tea hosted by Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Executive Women’s Council on March 3, 2024, at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn. During the event, guests will enjoy a wonderful program including delicious food and drinks, a silent auction, raffles and the opportunity to help provide resources that will help neighbors in Northern Illinois thrive.


Stay tuned for the 2024 speaker and program theme!

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

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

Rx Mobile Market—Saving Lives

“You are saving our lives by providing healthy food.” Sirenio’s life changed when he received his diagnosis. Chances are you know and love someone whose life has also been altered by diabetes. It’s a disease that affects every part of a patient’s life and without management, can be fatal. But there’s hope for patients in […]

Jul 20, 2023

Ellen’s Story

Overcoming Food Insecurity with the Help of a Food Bank Ellen Croce is a volunteer and former client of the HCS Pantry in Hinsdale, Illinois. Her story is one of resilience and hope in the face of food insecurity. When Ellen first started using the food pantry, she was a single mother struggling to make […]

Apr 11, 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