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 […]

How to help during the coronavirus crisis

07/Apr/20 / 21:57

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to disrupt day-to-day life for millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, the Food Bank is still open and working hard to meet the needs of our neighbors. People throughout our 13-county service area are counting on us to provide nutritious food; as long as we […]

Plant-based protein and where to find it

20/Mar/20 / 06:00

From everyday dinner staples like chicken, beef, pork and fish to more specialty meats such as venison, turkey and lamb, there is seemingly no end when it comes to animal protein sources. But what about plant-based protein?   For many people who follow a vegan, vegetarian or other ‘plant-based diet’ – where the primary source […]

Solving hunger through advocacy

06/Mar/20 / 23:51

Here at the Food Bank, we know that hunger affects everyone – men, women, children, seniors, families and individuals. We also know that hunger is a non-partisan issue that affects people in every county and congressional district in the United States.(1) As the leader of hunger relief in our 13-county service area, the Food Bank is […]

Market serves multi-generational family

14/Feb/20 / 06:00

At first glance, Ralph and Linda appear to be exact opposites. He is tall and quick to deliver a joke, while she is shorter and more serious. But beyond appearances, this husband-and-wife pair is united in their love for their family – and their gratitude for how the Food Bank is making a difference in […]

Heart Healthy Recipes

04/Feb/20 / 06:00

These delicious dishes will warm your heart in more ways than one! Get creative with healthy recipes your heart – and taste buds – will thank you for. GRILLED VEGGIE WRAP This Recipe Serves 4   Ingredients 1 Tablespoon Oil (Such as olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, etc.) Salt and Pepper to taste 1 […]

Food pantry helps provide relief for local seniors

13/Jan/20 / 15:22

Ed, age 81, is doggedly resilient.   In 1939, a few years after he was born, he contracted polio. It didn’t stop him.   “The doctors said I’d never walk again … but oh yes I did!” he says with a smile.   When the polio vaccine came out in the 1950s, Ed was there. […]

We believe no one should be hungry

27/Dec/19 / 06:00

The past year marked another standout year for Northern Illinois Food Bank. We continue to be a leading food bank nationwide, distributing more than 69 million meals to our neighbors in need. Many programs and strategies for which we have laid the foundation are flourishing, and we continue to look for new, inventive ways to […]

Making the season bright for Cynthia’s family

18/Dec/19 / 20:13

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends around the table for a shared meal, complete with everyone’s favorite dishes. But for thousands of our neighbors in Northern Illinois, this time of year does not come with the guarantee of food on the table.   Just ask Cynthia. Her husband […]

What to eat when you’re under the weather

10/Dec/19 / 23:23

When you don’t feel well, food might be the last thing on your mind – and this time of year, many people feel less than their best. Each year, Americans get more than 1 billion colds, and 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu.1 (Here’s how to spot the difference between the cold […]