Pop-Up Market helps family face tough times

07/Aug/20 / 16:00

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our community in many ways. From food insecurity to job loss, we know that these are tough times for our neighbors. We met Abraham, a hardworking father of four, at a Pop-Up Market in his hometown of Elgin. For the past few months, he has been unable to work his […]

Reflecting on a summer of learning, advocacy and more

29/Jul/20 / 15:00

The work we do here at the Food Bank is made possible through the collaborative efforts of countless people: staff, volunteers, food pantries, donors, community partners, and more. Today, we’re bringing you an insider account from someone who joined us for the summer to contribute their own efforts to solving hunger in Northern Illinois. Introducing […]

Pop up market

What to expect at a Pop-Up Market

10/Jul/20 / 17:00

Here at the Food Bank, we are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety our staff, volunteers and neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like you, we have social distancing and protective practices at top of mind. That’s one of the reasons why we started Pop-Up Markets – the socially distant way to get food to […]

Creative ways to celebrate this summer

04/Jul/20 / 14:54

Happy Fourth of July! Today is usually a day spent celebrating with friends and family at parades, barbecues and firework shows. This year, our celebrations might look a little different, but our festivities can still be just as fun! Here are some creative ways to celebrate Independence Day this year: Enjoy an outdoors picnic. With […]

How to get groceries with SNAP benefits or food stamps

How to get groceries with SNAP

26/May/20 / 23:16

Everyone deserves to have access to fresh and nutritious groceries. But here at the Food Bank, we know our neighbors may face many challenges to putting food on the table, from competing expenses to unexpected bills. One way to stretch your budget further is to get groceries using SNAP. Here’s more about what SNAP is, […]

At local food pantry: ‘We’re here to take care of you’

09/May/20 / 08:00

From the far end of DuPage Township Food Pantry’s shopping area, Zully – a regular Thursday volunteer – has a unique view of the produce tables, refrigerated section, shelves of cereal and canned goods, multi-tiered dessert display, and rows of bread. After all, her first view of the pantry came from the other side of […]

Volunteer sees impact of coronavirus on neighbors

13/Apr/20 / 06:00

When Tammy finished nursing school in December, she knew 2020 would bring many new and exciting changes: taking the state licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN), transitioning into the health care industry after two-plus decades working in finance, and more.   Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.   Suddenly, previously-made plans were derailed for […]

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 […]

Plant-based protein

Plant-based protein and where to find it

20/Mar/20 / 06:00

From everyday dinner staples like chicken, beef, pork and fish to more specialty meats such as venison, turkey and lamb, there is seemingly no end when it comes to animal protein sources. But what about plant-based protein? For many people who follow a vegan, vegetarian or other ‘plant-based diet’ – where the primary source of […]

Solving hunger through advocacy

06/Mar/20 / 23:51

Here at the Food Bank, we know that hunger affects everyone – men, women, children, seniors, families and individuals. We also know that hunger is a non-partisan issue that affects people in every county and congressional district in the United States.(1) As the leader of hunger relief in our 13-county service area, the Food Bank is […]