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Clean out your kitchen for the holidays

15/Nov/19 / 21:31

It’s time to prepare your pantry, clear your cabinets and free up space in the fridge — the holidays are nearly here!   From turkey to casserole, hors d’oeuvres to desserts, the end of the year often means countless homemade holiday meals shared with family and friends. But getting crafty in the kitchen doesn’t need […]

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Helping our veterans this holiday season

11/Nov/19 / 16:05

Bob has lived in Lombard all of his life, except for the time he spent serving his country in Vietnam. He and his wife Marlene have been married 53 years, and together have three children and seven grandchildren.   Retired from working in steel inventory control, Bob shares that Thanksgiving is a treasured time for […]

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Volunteers help feed families through My Pantry Express

01/Nov/19 / 17:05

Last year, our generous volunteers donated more than 136,000 hours of their time to sort and pack food in our warehouse, stock the shelves at our Winnebago Community Market, distribute groceries to our neighbors at Mobile Pantries, and much more. Working together, we’re helping to provide each hungry neighbor with every meal, every day through […]

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Online food pantry fills gaps in hunger relief

18/Oct/19 / 06:00

Solving hunger is a complex problem that requires an equally complex solution. In order to ensure every neighbor has access to every meal, every day, we are constantly innovating and working to create viable, sustainable and replicable ways to meet our neighbors where they are.   My Pantry Express, our new pilot program, is an […]

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All about apples!

11/Oct/19 / 06:00

An undeniable shift in the weather excites even warm-loving snow birds in anticipation of their favorite flavors of the season. As pumpkins ripen on their vine, apples hang heavy in rows and rows of you-pick orchards. With more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown across the globe3 today, it’s easy to make finding your favorite […]

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A look back and a look ahead

03/Oct/19 / 15:35

Thanks to the generous support of our donors and volunteers, alongside the tireless work of our member agency partners, the Food Bank was able to distribute 69 million meals this past fiscal year to our hungry neighbors across Northern Illinois. And we intend to move forward in new and strategic ways!   Below, you will […]

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Mourning the loss of founder Sister Rosemarie Burian

25/Sep/19 / 21:00

We’re incredibly saddened to share the news that this week, Northern Illinois Food Bank suffered the loss of its founder, Sister Rosemarie Burian.   Sister Rosemarie had a vision during a morning meditation in May 1982 that she would have a food bank – rooted in the belief that every person deserved access to the […]

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Pantry provides nutritious food to neighbors

11/Sep/19 / 17:21

We met Lisa on a Monday night, outside the auditorium at North Point Church where a twice-monthly food pantry invites neighbors to pick up groceries. Leaning against the wall, Lisa waits patiently for her turn to shop. Her dark auburn hair is pushed over one shoulder, and a kind, gentle smile is the most noticeable […]

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How food banks fill the gap of missed meals

06/Sep/19 / 21:05

As summer edges into fall, tables and plates across the country will soon be filled with food from a bountiful harvest. But for many families, having a full plate isn’t always a guarantee.   The USDA estimates that in total, 40 million Americans are food insecure, or live in households without consistent access to enough […]

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3 ways to take action this Hunger Action Month

30/Aug/19 / 06:00

Hunger is an overlooked but very real issue in our communities. You want to help, but may not know how to make the biggest difference in the lives of local families struggling with hunger.   Here are three ways you can take action this Hunger Action Month:   Volunteer Pack-A-Thons   Help us pack over […]