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What’s exciting and new at Foodie 5K

02/Mar/18 / 06:00

With the first official day of spring not far away, the fifth annual Foodie 5K will be here before you know it! By now you’ve racked up steps with our couch-to-5K training plan and learned how fundraising for Foodie 5K helps benefit our hungry neighbors – now it’s time to turn your eyes to the […]

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Make an impact with Foodie 5K

23/Feb/18 / 06:00

It’s easy to get excited about the Foodie 5K – from the beautiful scenery along the new route at Cantigny Park (prep for the race with this couch-to-5K plan!), to the delicious smells wafting from gourmet food trucks awaiting you at the finish line. But the reason why thousands of runners and walkers join us […]

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Kick those winter blues with the Foodie 5K

16/Feb/18 / 06:00

While the winter chill is still hanging on, we’re already looking forward to Spring when the snow will melt and chirping birds will greet all the restless runners and walkers stretching their legs in the sunshine. In the meantime though, you may still be feeling a bit sluggish from delicious celebrations over the holidays – […]

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Would a Valentine’s Day without candy be as sweet?

09/Feb/18 / 21:41

For hundreds of years, sugar and cacao were precious commodities available only to the elite. Even so, for nearly 700 years leading up to the Industrial Revolution, children celebrated a sugar-free Valentine’s Day by parading door-to-door asking for treats (Remind you of anything?).   Without candy hearts with flirty quips to express their feelings, the […]

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Heat or Eat? Everyday Choices are Tough for Hungry Neighbors

02/Feb/18 / 06:00

With the unpredictable winter weather in Northern Illinois, heating bills fluctuate daily. But when you’ve budgeted just enough to heat your home for a mild winter as we’ve had for the past couple of seasons, you’re faced with difficult choices to make ends meet – heat or eat? Pay the bills or buy groceries? This […]

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Mourning the Loss of Founding Employee Mary Hayes

26/Jan/18 / 22:29

The Northern Illinois Food Bank family has suffered the loss of its founding staff member, Mary Hayes. Mary, who worked for the Food Bank for 25 years, was instrumental in shaping the organization from its modest beginnings as the Bethlehem Center to become the 13-county food clearinghouse it is today. She died on January 24, […]

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Soup’s on! January is National Soup Month

26/Jan/18 / 06:00

A warm bowl of soup on a chilly day can make all the difference – it’s comfort food at its best and can go the distance as it warms you up. From rich chowders to savory broths to creamy bisques, soup can run the gamut from a day-long simmer to a last-minute dinner. But one […]

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Make volunteering your New Year’s resolution

19/Jan/18 / 06:00

The start of a new year is full of festivities and excitement, with many people looking forward to the promise of twelve months ahead to make positive changes. Whether their goal is to quit smoking, exercise harder, sleep better, eat healthier, travel more, or something else, these New Year’s resolutions pick up where the holidays […]

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Believe it or not, a burger can be healthy!

12/Jan/18 / 06:00

Three variations on one tasty recipe! Use canned chicken, salmon, or tuna for flavorful and healthy burgers.     Click here for Tuna Burger recipe   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 […]

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Sub-zero temperatures make our neighbors more vulnerable than ever

02/Jan/18 / 21:44

With temperatures hovering in the negative digits, we are soundly in the midst of an arctic blast across Northern Illinois, along with much of the nation. For some, the cold weather brings heartbreaking choices – heat or eat? We believe no one should be faced with the choice between paying the bills or buying groceries, […]