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 […]

Creative ways to celebrate this summer

04/Jul/20 / 14:54

Happy Fourth of July! Today is usually a day spent celebrating with friends and family at parades, barbecues and firework shows. This year, our celebrations might look a little different, but our festivities can still be just as fun!   Here are some creative ways to celebrate Independence Day this year:   Enjoy an outdoors […]

How to get groceries with SNAP

26/May/20 / 23:16

Everyone deserves to have access to fresh and nutritious groceries. But here at the Food Bank, we know our neighbors may face many challenges to putting food on the table, from competing expenses to unexpected bills.   One way to stretch your budget further is to get groceries using SNAP. Here’s more about what SNAP […]

At local food pantry: ‘We’re here to take care of you’

09/May/20 / 08:00

From the far end of DuPage Township Food Pantry’s shopping area, Zully – a regular Thursday volunteer – has a unique view of the produce tables, refrigerated section, shelves of cereal and canned goods, multi-tiered dessert display, and rows of bread. After all, her first view of the pantry came from the other side of […]

Volunteer sees impact of coronavirus on neighbors

13/Apr/20 / 06:00

When Tammy finished nursing school in December, she knew 2020 would bring many new and exciting changes: taking the state licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN), transitioning into the health care industry after two-plus decades working in finance, and more. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Suddenly, previously-made plans were derailed for Tammy and […]