HAM 2017 – Take action this September!

01/Sep/17 / 06:00

Every September, we join food banks across the country in Hunger Action Month (HAM) – a national initiative, established by Feeding America, designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. With the help of our communities, we’re raising awareness for those who struggle daily with hunger and food insecurity – those who don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Hunger is an overlooked issue in our communities, partly because our hungry neighbors often look just like anyone else. But in reality, those that are hungry are your neighbors. Last year alone, we were able to provide 65.5 million meals to our neighbors in need, due to our generous community. But, we know that together, we can do more.
Northern Illinois Food Bank works to not only provide meals to our neighbors in need, but also to raise awareness in the community – to gain more donors, more volunteers to join in and help solve hunger in Northern Illinois. We cannot solve hunger alone. We need your help and support in Northern Illinois to work together in order to ensure every person – children, seniors, veterans, men and women– has access to food for every meal each day.
Take action this September! Attend an event, learn about hunger in our community, and be assured that what you do matters to our hungry neighbors. Visit our Hunger Action Month page for ways you can get involved and to view a full list of events happening around Northern Illinois, including:

Poverty Simulations

Step into the shoes of your hungry neighbors for an afternoon by living through one simulated month in poverty. Will you pay off your loans or pay for groceries? Teams work together to make it through this eye-opening month. Register online to join us for a poverty simulation in September:


Help us break our record and pack 100,000 pounds of food for our community! You’ll have the opportunity to take home prizes, as well as be a part of incredible volunteer force making a real difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors. To learn more and register at our North Suburban Center (Park City) or Northwest Center (Rockford), contact Amy Hettinger – email or call 630-443-6910 ext 167
September 15th: North Suburban Center

  • 8:00-10:00am
  • 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 1:00-3:00pm
  • 3:30-5:30pm

September 22nd: Northwest Center

  • 8:00-10:00am
  • 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 1:00-3:00pm
  • 3:30-5:30pm
Pass the Plate

We have a delicious new opportunity for you to get involved this year! Several restaurants in our service area are “passing the plate” with the Food Bank to help solve hunger in Northern Illinois.
They will be raising awareness and funds for our hungry neighbors in a variety of ways including special Pass the Plate menu options and discounts for donations to the Food Bank.
Find a participating restaurant near you and enjoy a night out with friends and family this September!

Get involved, stay involved

We encourage you to get involved this September and signup for our email communications to stay updated on how you can make a difference throughout the year! Together, we are solving hunger for our neighbors facing tough choices in Northern Illinois 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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