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 3, 2024 | Abbington Banquets, Glen Ellyn

Ooh la la! Join us for the 9th annual A Cup of Hope, a Parisian-themed tea hosted by Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Executive Women’s Council! Coming on March 3, 2024, the weather outside may be unpredictable but inside we’ll be enjoying a springtime in Paris!

Judy Hsu, Emmy award-winning news anchor and Northern Illinois Food Bank board member, will serve as our emcee and guide us through a wonderful program including delicious food and drinks, a silent auction, raffles and more.

How you can help:

Fight Hunger 5K & Fun Run

Saturday, April 27, 2024 

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

Thursday, May 23, 2024 | Drury Lane, Oak Brook Terrace 

A culinary event benefitting Northern Illinois Food Bank presented by Jewel-Osco.

Join us as we come together to empower our neighbors who are currently facing food insecurity in Northern Illinois. Guests will enjoy an evening filled with food, friends, and an extensive silent auction while giving back to those who need us most.

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

 Monday, August 19, 2024 | 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 13, 2024 | 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 2024 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 in April
  • Discount code for the Fight Hunger 5K event to share with friends and family
  • Team Volunteering Opportunities & Meet-up
  • Fundraising incentive gifts
  • Virtual Training Program with Coach Seth Kopf 
  • Race Day Charity Row Support and Cheer Squad