Our Programs

Northern Illinois Food Bank provides food through a network of 900 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth and senior centers, and has a number of other direct distribution programs to assist hungry neighbors. The Food Bank acquires donated food directly from manufacturers, as well as retail stores through our Food Recovery and Direct Connect 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.


Northern Illinois Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach Team helps neighbors apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps.


The Winnebago Community Market is the Food Bank’s food pantry located at its Northwest Center in Rockford (765 Research Parkway). The WCM operates four days a week offering a variety of nutritious foods to our shoppers. Learn more here.


Mobile Food Pantry

Northern Illinois Food Bank operates two “traveling food pantry” trucks to distribute perishable and non-perishable food directly to hungry neighbors.

Senior Food Program

We partner with local housing units to provide monthly boxes of non-perishable food selected with the dietary needs of seniors in mind.


My Pantry Express is an online food pantry developed by Northern Illinois Food Bank. Individuals in need may select a pick-up time and location, order groceries and then pick up their order at one of our convenient locations.

Our Impact

  • Northern Illinois Food Bank has received a strong rating from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities, since 2001
  • 97% of the Food Bank’s resources go to programs that feed neighbors in need
  • Every $1 donated helps provide $8 worth of groceries
  • Read our Annual Reports for more information on our successes and partnerships serving the Northern Illinois community