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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

School pantry provides easy way for families to get groceries

26/Aug/19 / 21:06

It’s a sunny, warm day at Carpentersville Middle School – sidewalk chalk doodles are scrawled across the asphalt, coloring books mingle with blocks of all sizes in large plastic bins, and the sound of laughter from excited voices fill the air, as children play under the watchful eyes of their parents. These families are waiting […]

The effects of hunger on children’s health

05/Aug/19 / 20:19

In the state of Illinois, nearly half a million children don’t know where their next meal is coming from – including more than 130,000 children living in Northern Illinois.(1)   Research shows that food insecurity has negative health consequences for individuals of any age, and can lead to Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart […]

Produce helps keep family happy and healthy

26/Jul/19 / 08:00

Fruits and vegetables aren’t always the go-to snack for kids, especially if they’re picky eaters. But parents know how important it is to ensure growing children have enough healthy food.   Just ask Mercedes, a mother of two young girls. “It’s nice to have [them] experience new fresh fruits,” she said, sharing that while her […]

Using SNAP benefits at your local farmers market

23/Jul/19 / 17:44

During the sunny summer months, farmers markets pop up all over Northern Illinois, bringing an abundance of fresh, local produce to convenient community locations. From squash to strawberries, tomatoes to turnips, and everything in between, the fruits and vegetables found at farmers markets make for colorful and nutritious additions to any meal.   While this […]