Who We Are

Our vision at Northern Illinois Food Bank is for everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and proud member of Feeding America, we serve our neighbors in 13 counties with dignity, equity and convenience, providing 250,000 meals a day. We bring together manufacturers, local and corporate grocers, area farmers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food and funding, and each week nearly 1,000 volunteers help us evaluate, repack, and distribute food. We also proudly partner with more than 900 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and youth and senior feeding programs to provide nutritious food and resources. Our distribution centers are located in Geneva, Park City, Rockford and Joliet. Find out how you can get help, volunteer, donate,or get involved at SolveHungerToday.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Our Mission

To provide nutritious food and resources for our neighbors, with dignity, equity and convenience, through partnerships and innovation.

 

Our Vision

For everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive.

Learn more about our new Strategic Plan UNITE here.
 

Our Values

Community: We collaborate with our team and partners to exceptionally serve one another and our neighbors. We honor diversity and celebrate our unique gifts and perspectives.

Humility: We are humble and self-aware. We know when to ask for and accept help.

Impact: We create positive change by focusing on what’s most important to our mission.

Empowerment: We trust and support each other to get the job done and to do it well.

Accountability: We take ownership for our performance and honor our commitments.

Transparency: We share information, as appropriate, openly and honestly through candid conversation.

 


Service Area

Who We Serve

*Green icons indicate Northern Illinois Food Bank Centers


Hunger Study 2014

Hunger Study Infographic

A new study by Northern Illinois Food Bank and Feeding America shows that nearly 600,000 people in northern Illinois turn to food pantries and meal programs to feed themselves and their families. The Hunger in America 2014 study is Feeding America’s sixth extensive study of hunger. As a member of the Feeding America network, Northern Illinois Food Bank participates in this study to better understand the needs of our hungry neighbors. Completed every four years, the study surveys the food pantries and feeding programs in the Northern Illinois Food Bank network and the people who seek food assistance from them.

According to the Hunger in America 2014 local findings, Northern Illinois Food Bank serves more than 71,000 people each week. These hungry neighbors use our food pantries and feeding programs on average eight times per year. The study provides insightful demographic data, offering a snapshot of who Northern Illinois Food Bank serves:

  • Children under age 18 make up 36 percent of our hungry neighbors, while seniors age 60 and older make up nine percent.
  • Among all hungry neighbors, 40 percent identify as white, 33 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino and 17 percent identify as black or African American.
  • 66 percent of households that use the Food Bank’s services have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty level.
  • 78 percent of people who use the Food Bank’s services have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, and 30 percent have completed some college, earned a business, trade or technical degree or completed a four-year college degree or higher level of education.

The study shows that clients are making tough choices. Based on the report, 77 percent of households the Food Bank serves had to choose between paying for food and utilities in the past 12 months, and 62 percent had to choose between food and paying for medicine/medical care in the past 12 months. We also learn from the report that hungry neighbors are struggling with health issues: 53 percent of households report at least one member with high blood pressure, while 26 percent of households have at least one member with diabetes.

Follow the links below for more information about the Hunger in America 2014 study and to learn about hunger in your community and the United States:

Hunger in America 2014 – Northern Illinois Food Bank Report

Hunger in America 2014 – Infographic

Hunger In America 2014 – National Report


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