Events

We believe every neighbor in Northern Illinois needs a little help and has a little help to give. We invite you to help our neighbors in Northern Illinois who are facing food insecurity thrive by supporting our special events by joining a planning committee, volunteering, attending or sponsoring.

Event volunteers assist in planning, solicit sponsorship or auction items and provide event day support. Sponsoring events will gain your business more exposure to a targeted audience, help create a positive public image, and provide another opportunity to engage employees and customers.

Please email Tiffany King if you’re interested in learning more about our events and how you can support.

A Cup of Hope

Sunday, March 5, 2023 | Abbington Banquets, Glen Ellyn

A Cup of Hope, hosted by Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Executive Women’s Council and presented by Nicor Gas is an afternoon Mad Hatter themed tea event.

How you can help:

  • Join the Executive Women’s Council and plan the event
  • Attend Cup of Hope or Sponsor the Event

Fight Hunger 5K & 10K

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | Cantigny Park, Wheaton 

An annual fun run/walk ending with food trucks, music and family fun, presented by Glanbia Performance Nutrition, with virtual and in-person options.

How you can help:

  • Get exposure for your business as an Event Sponsor
  • Register as a participant or a group
  • Help with packet assembly and packet pick-up before event day
  • Volunteer on event day as a Course Marshall, water station aide, mile marker attendant, packet pick-up table, photographer, + more.

A Taste that Matters

June 22, 2023 | Drury Lane, Oak Brook Terrace 

An annual event, presented by Jewel Osco, filled with entertainment, an extensive silent auction, open bar and mouthwatering tastings.

How you can help:

  • Restaurants/Local Chefs: Showcase your favorite dish with a tasting station
  • Get exposure for your business as an Event Sponsor
  • Help plan the event by collecting auction items/packages, recruit tasting stations and sell tickets
  • Volunteer on event day

Hunger Scramble Golf Outing

August 21, 2023 | White Eagle Golf Club

An annual event, presented by Old Second National Bank, when golfers enjoy a round of golf, food/drinks, fun games, and an extensive raffle/silent auction on a beautiful course with colleagues, customers, partners and friends.

How you can help:

  • Get exposure for your business as an Event Sponsor
  • Register to golf
  • Help plan the event by collecting auction items/packages, recruit golfers and sponsors, and brainstorm ways we can make the event memorable and impactful.
  • Volunteer on event day.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon Northern Illinois Food Bank Team

October 8, 2023 | Grant Park

Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Marathon Team provides you with an experience that expands beyond crossing the Bank of America Chicago Marathon finish line!

You will be part of a network of individuals who believe everyone should have access to nutritious foods and will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors to help them thrive.

Perks of joining the Northern Illinois Food Bank Charity Marathon Team:

  • Guaranteed entry into the 2023 Back of America Chicago Marathon
  • Choice of Team Athletic Singlet or Training T-Shirt
  • Free Registration to the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Fight Hunger 5K/10K in April
  • Discount code for the Fight Hunger 5K/10K event to share with friends and family
  • Access to the Team’s Private Facebook Group
  • Team Volunteering Opportunities & Meet-up
  • Fundraising incentive gifts
  • Virtual Training Program with Coach Seth Kopf 
  • Race Day Charity Row Support and Cheer Squad