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Kids Activities


Kids of all ages can take action to solve hunger and make a difference in their communities! We’ve assembled a few activities that can help young people learn about hunger in Northern Illinois, as well as some ways that they can get involved and give back.

Coloring Pages


Your creativity can spread hope! Just download, print, and then color any of our coloring page(s). Your artwork will be shared with neighbors and donors to brighten their day and say thank you.

Once your masterpiece is complete, just drop it off or mail it to:
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Attn: Julia Jones
273 Dearborn Court
Geneva, IL 60134

Choose your design and download here:

Happy Holidays (Thanksgiving) – English
Thanksgiving Multiple Languages
Christmas Multiple Languages
Neighbors Empowered Trees
Neighbors Empowered Sign
We All Thrive Rainbow
We All Thrive Balloons
Thank You – English


Fundraising Ideas

Get your community involved in raising funds to support the work of Northern Illinois Food Bank. Every $1 raised can help provide $8 worth of groceries, which means that small donations can turn into a BIG impact!

  • Start an online fundraiser– use our online fundraising tool to create a team page and ask others to donate funds.
  • Hold a coin collection- every little bit helps. Ask you community to bring in spare change for the month of September and donate the total amount to the Food Bank.
  • Want to make it a challenge? Have a Penny War! Break into teams and collect pennies for positive points, all other amounts are negative points. The team with the most points at the end of the collection wins!
  • Host a lemonade stand, a bake sale, or any sort of DIY fundraiser to use your skills or talents to help others!



Here are a few great visual resources that explain how food banks (like Northern Illinois Food Bank) work with the community to make sure that everyone has access to the food they need to thrive.

  • Virtual Tour of our West Suburban Center: If you’re not able to visit us, you can still see what we’re all about by watching our virtual tour video that will take you around our headquarters in Geneva.
  • Providing Fresh Produce: See our Food Bank featured in this video produced by ABC Localish, which explains the relationship between farmers and food banks, and how we work together to get fresh food to neighbors in need.
  • Ending Child Hunger: Informational introduction video to the issue of childhood food insecurity.



Explore stories that illustrate how food insecurity can affect classmates, neighbors, and community members. Shop local! Find your local bookstore to make your next hunger awareness book purchase. Or shop through AmazonSmile so a portion of your purchase can benefit the Food Bank.

Pre-School – Grade 2:

  • Joey and the Giant Box by Deborah Lakritz
  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  • Enough to Go Around, A Story of Generosity by Kristin Johnson
  • Ruby’s Hope by Monica Kulling
  • Spuds by Karen Hesse
  • The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine

Middle School:

  • Free Lunch by Rex Ogle
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

High School:

  • The Boy Who Lied by Kim Slater
  • Roam by C.H. Armstrong

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