Nine ways to support a summer without hunger

23/Jun/17 / 06:00

Whether you’re enjoying lounging in the sun or running from one activity to the next between work and summer camps, summer vacation should be a carefree time for kids. But when school lets out, we know that hunger sets in for children and their families who rely on free and reduced-price meals during the school year. Give back this summer with these family-friendly activities from Feeding America!

  1. Get to know the need in your own community. Through the Summer Meal Program, families can get access to breakfast, lunch, and snacks for their children at more than 120 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites across Northern Illinois. Your support helps us provide food to children and their families!

  3. Set up a lemonade stand to fight summer hunger. Get your kids and your neighbors involved in the mission to end hunger by brewing up some homemade lemonade and donating the proceeds.

  5. Plant a family garden and donate part of your harvest to a local food pantry. It’s the ultimate DIY: Use your outdoor space or get involved with a community garden to grow fruits and vegetables that can fill empty plates.

  7. Fundraise for the Foodie 5K run/walk event. Go the extra mile and use our upcoming Foodie 5K on September 9 at Lewis University as a way to raise money to fight hunger! Set a fundraising goal to reach by race day and ask your friends and family to support you while you train. Get started with your own personal fundraising page here.

  9. Organize a community food drive. Join forces with your church, local supermarket or other community organization to collect donated food. Learn the ins and outs of organizing a food drive here.

  11. Buy an extra bag of food. When you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping, pick up a few extra non-perishable food items and drop off your collection at your local food pantry. A local family in need can enjoy the same meal as you, making your dinnertime that much more special. Find a food pantry near you.

  13. Fundraise with your social network. Sharing your fundraising page on social media makes it easy to rally your friends and family to support children and families facing hunger. Setting up a fundraiser for Northern Illinois Food Bank just takes a few minutes – get started today.

  15. Volunteer. There’s nothing more rewarding than spending an afternoon with friends, family or coworkers making a difference for your own community! Northern Illinois Food Bank offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages (8 and up) throughout the year. Find the right volunteer opportunity for you.

  17. Spread the word. Educate your friends and family on how you’re helping solve hunger, and/or invite them to join you in supporting our mission. And don’t forget to share your experiences on social media (and encourage them to do the same). Be sure to follow and tag the Food Bank on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


Together, we are solving summer hunger across Northern Illinois!


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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