7.2018_healthier community blog

Growing a Healthier Community

06/Jul/18 / 06:00

As a volunteer for the Luke 3:11 Share Center – a food pantry served by Northern Illinois Food Bank – Rachel Fahrenbach was excited about the prospect of hosting a community garden for people they serve. The pantry had been approached by the Food Bank about participating in its Garden Connect Program, which encourages people […]

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Community is center stage at We Care of Grundy County

29/Jun/18 / 16:49

On the corner of Bedford Road and Union Street in Morris, IL sits an unassuming one-story brick building with two windows and doors facing the main street. Above the doors hangs a burgundy and white sign whose logo and message of just two words – We Care – attract attention in a way the building […]

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8 Habits for Reducing Waste in the Kitchen

22/Jun/18 / 06:00

Reducing food waste in the kitchen, like most things, is all about creating good habits. Food waste isn’t just about tossing your leftovers or buying more than you can eat, it’s the little bits of food here and there that go unnoticed that really add up. Here are 8 small habits that can make a […]

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Garden fresh summer recipes

15/Jun/18 / 06:00

As temperatures climb, we’re eager to take advantage of the sunshine and all summer has to offer. If you’ve prepared the soil and are patiently waiting for seeds to sprout and buds to blossom, or just getting your garden ready now (we recommend buying plants at the store for a head start!), soon you’ll be […]

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How food banks work

08/Jun/18 / 06:00

From food banks to soup kitchens, community foundations to food pantries, there are many non-profit organizations dedicated to providing hunger relief in our local community. With so many groups involved in helping our neighbors who struggle with hunger, it can be easy to confuse a food bank with a food pantry. What we definitely know […]

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Family fun with Summer Meals

01/Jun/18 / 06:00

As seven-year-old Javaniona and three-year-old Funday munch on ham and cheese sandwiches, their great-grandmother Jackline looks on with a big smile on her face.   For eighteen years she has lived two blocks away from Hanover Township’s Astor Avenue Community Center in Hanover Park. For many of those years, she’s shepherded her grandchildren and great-grandchildren […]

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Celebrating our South Suburban Center

25/May/18 / 16:14

Summer is often the most delightful time of year, as we trade the cold of winter for warmth and sunshine that allows us to enjoy more time outdoors with family and friends as school lets out for the year and family vacations begin.   Here at the Food Bank, we’re celebrating for a different reason […]

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Solving Senior Hunger in Winnebago County

18/May/18 / 15:00

“Are those grapes?” An older woman asked excitedly, as tears welled up in her eyes. “I haven’t had grapes in so long,” she said, as she placed a grape in her mouth and closed her eyes to savor the taste.   This day was a special one indeed—it was the Food Bank’s first Senior Grocery […]

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Get your garden ready

11/May/18 / 06:00

Flowers are blooming, the grass is coming back to life, and the sun is shining longer and longer each day – just a few of the many things to love about the season!   In addition to the sudden abundance of color and the (mostly) beautiful weather, spring marks the kickoff of gardening season. From […]

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Asking for help isn’t easy

27/Apr/18 / 06:00

If you’ve ever been in a position where life’s obstacles are just too big to face alone, then you know: asking for help isn’t easy. Every day, our generous volunteers, donors, and Food Bank supporters make it possible for our hungry neighbors, like Diane and Mason, to receive assistance when they take the step to […]