Pop-Up Market helps neighbor amid COVID-19

09/Apr/21 / 14:50

All of us are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and many of our neighbors are in need of food, some for the first time.   We met our neighbor Dan at Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Pop-Up Market distribution in Elgin.   “[It’s my] very first time,” Dan shares, explaining that he’s never […]

33 ways to serve chicken meatballs

22/Mar/21 / 12:45

Chicken meatballs are here to stay! If you’ve been getting groceries from the Food Bank or a local food pantry, you’re probably familiar with chicken meatballs. Some folks love them; others, not so much. Distributed as part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), shipments of these meatballs are large in quantity … […]

Volunteers help build community

29/Jan/21 / 08:00

Building a strong, healthy community is important – especially during difficult times. As the COVID-19 pandemic and food insecurity continue to impact so many of us , we know that we can only get through these tough times together.   That’s why Mark, a volunteer at Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Winnebago Community Market, is so […]

Honoring our neighbors this Veterans Day

11/Nov/20 / 15:00

Julio has a heart for service. As a veteran, he’s defended our country. As a grandfather, he’s taken good care of his family. As a volunteer at a senior food pantry, he’s working to feed his neighbors. He knows firsthand the importance of his service at the pantry – because sometimes he shops for groceries […]

How the SNAP Challenge works

20/Sep/20 / 20:00

This September, we’re inviting you to join us for the SNAP Challenge! We want to talk about SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and dig into what those benefits look like in REAL life, REAL time, and REAL food.   What does it mean to take the SNAP Challenge?   Taking the SNAP Challenge means […]

Take action this Hunger Action Month with advocacy

12/Sep/20 / 08:00

September is Hunger Action Month, when we come together as a community to spread awareness of hunger and take action to make sure everyone has access to the food they need. We have special volunteer shifts, donation challenges, and many other ways to get involved this month. No matter how you choose to act, no […]

9/11 National Day of Service

09/Sep/20 / 17:00

At the Food Bank, thousands of volunteers help make sure neighbors have access to nutritious groceries every year. From sorting and packing food in our warehouse, to loading groceries into cars rain or shine, our volunteers are truly making a difference.   This year, the Food Bank is participating in the 9/11 National Day of […]

Pop-Up Market helps family face tough times

07/Aug/20 / 16:00

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our community in many ways. From food insecurity to job loss, we know that these are tough times for our neighbors.   We met Abraham, a hardworking father of four, at a Pop-Up Market in his hometown of Elgin. For the past few months, he has been unable to work […]

Reflecting on a summer of learning, advocacy and more

29/Jul/20 / 15:00

The work we do here at the Food Bank is made possible through the collaborative efforts of countless people: staff, volunteers, food pantries, donors, community partners, and more. Today, we’re bringing you an insider account from someone who joined us for the summer to contribute their own efforts to solving hunger in Northern Illinois. Introducing […]

What to expect at a Pop-Up Market

10/Jul/20 / 17:00

Here at the Food Bank, we are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety our staff, volunteers and neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like you, we have social distancing and protective practices at top of mind. That’s one of the reasons why we started Pop-Up Markets – the socially distant way to get food to […]