Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Child Nutrition Programs serve as a safety net for the 1 in 5 kids in our area at risk of hunger, filling the gaps after the school day, over the weekend and during the summer when parents may struggle to make sure their children have enough to eat.
During the school year, Northern Illinois Food Bank works with more than 150 after-school programs like this one at the Elgin YWCA featured in this clip to provide nutritious snacks or suppers to children in need. These programs serve approximately 6,700 children each weekday thanks to our supporters.
The Food Bank’s BackPack Program also works with 176 schools to distribute more than 600 backpacks filled with a weekend supply of food for a child and up to two family members. Backpacks are distributed each Friday to students who are at risk of chronic hunger. And last summer, the Food Bank provided nearly 300,000 meals to kids in need through its Summer Meal Program.