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 can provide food safely, we will continue our operations to serve neighbors to the best of our ability every day, and especially during this crisis.


But we can’t do it without you! Here are some ideas on how you can help make sure everyone has access to food during this tumultuous time.



The Food Bank has been identified as an essential business, and is able to continue our operations during the “Shelter in Place” order for Illinois. our volunteer workforce is also exempt, and volunteers are more important than ever to help pack and distribute food. If you are healthy and able, please consider volunteering with us!


To ensure we’re following CDC recommendations and practicing social distancing, we’ve made modifications to our shifts at all centers and at off-site distributions. All volunteers will be asked to sign our Volunteer & Visitor Health Statement upon arrival. We’ve also modified the maximum number of volunteers we can accommodate per shift to ensure we can practice social distancing.


You can view openings on our calendar or join our wait list, as we anticipate having a greater need for volunteers in the coming weeks and months as we continue to respond to this crisis.





There’s no such thing as a too-small donation; every dollar makes a difference for neighbors throughout Northern Illinois. Financial donations of any size will help support the Food Bank’s operations during this time of increased need. In fact, every $1 donated helps provide $8 worth of groceries. Make a donation online, mail in a check (addressed to 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL, 60134), or start a Facebook fundraiser – however you choose to give, your generosity is immensely appreciated!



Join our virtual 5K race


Our annual Wheaton Foodie 5K presented by Kellogg’s has transformed into an entirely VIRTUAL event on April 18! We encourage anyone and everyone to register for this virtual race; it’s a great way to help your community and get active while still following social distancing guidelines. Visit our Foodie 5K page to learn about what a virtual race is, why it’s important, and how to sign up.



Help spread the word


We want to ensure no one goes hungry in Northern Illinois, especially now – and we need your help! If someone you know is in need of food, please direct them to our “Get Help” page to:



Even if you don’t personally know anyone who is in need of food, we encourage you to share these resources and links on social media, along with the updates we’re sharing on those channels – you never know who in your social network might find them helpful!



Connect with your local pantry


Our pantries need support at this time, too! Visit our Pantry Locator to find your nearest pantry and contact them directly to inquire about available volunteer opportunities and what other needs they might have at this time. Additionally, while the Food Bank has suspended food donations to our centers at this time, if you have food, personal care products, or household cleaning supplies you would still like to donate, we encourage you to donate directly to your local pantry.



Whatever way you choose to get involved, we are so appreciative of your help. Together, we can make sure everyone – children, seniors, families and more – has access to the food and resources they need, today and every day.


For more on our coronavirus response, visit our COVID-19 Updates page.

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 helps provide $8 of groceries.




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