Heat or Eat? Everyday Choices are Tough for Hungry Neighbors

02/Feb/18 / 06:00

With the unpredictable winter weather in Northern Illinois, heating bills fluctuate daily. But when you’ve budgeted just enough to heat your home for a mild winter as we’ve had for the past couple of seasons, you’re faced with difficult choices to make ends meet – heat or eat? Pay the bills or buy groceries? This is the difficult reality our neighbors in need face; but with your help, they have the support they need to thrive. Here’s what you can do today to make a difference:


Our volunteers inspect, sort, and package much of the donated food Northern Illinois Food Bank distributes. We simply could not provide our hungry neighbors facing tough choices with the nutritious food they need without the help of our volunteers. Whether you volunteer once a week, once a month, or once a year, your helping hands aid us in ensuring households across Northern Illinois will have access to food when they need it most.
In addition to warehouse shifts, we have a variety of other opportunities to match your interests to our needs. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at our three centers in Geneva, Rockford, and Park City. This spring, we’ll have a fourth center in Joliet – stay tuned for more information!

Donate: $1 = $8 of groceries

Thanks to manufacturers and retailers who donate more than 80% of the food we distribute, our volunteers who donate their time to sort and pack this product, and the Food Bank’s efficiency, we are able to turn a $1 donation into $8 worth of groceries for hungry neighbors! No matter the amount, every donation makes a real difference in the lives of our neighbors in need as 97% of our resources go directly to Food Bank programs.
Northern Illinois Food Bank has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator since 2003, and is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity – we’re an organization you can trust.
Hunger is a reality year-round, and our communities continue to need your support after the holidays. Make a gift online here – thank you for your generosity!

Get involved and raise awareness

Being informed about hunger in your community and sharing this information with friends, family, and coworkers will make a real difference as we strive to solve hunger in Northern Illinois. You can help raise awareness by sharing a post from the Full Plate Blog, engaging with our Facebook posts, or starting your own Food & Fund Drive.
No matter how you choose to make a difference this year, what you do matters to our neighbors in need facing difficult decisions every day.


How You Can Help:


  • Volunteer at one of our Centers in Geneva, Rockford or Park City sorting and packing food
  • Donate to help us solve hunger in your community – every $1 donated provides $8 worth of food.



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