5.2018_solving senior hunger blog

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 […]

5.2018_get garden ready blog

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 […]

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Heroes for Kids in Need

23/Apr/18 / 17:38

The following was originally published on ConsumersAdvocate.org – click here to read the full article. Midwest sensibilities paired with Big City living makes Chicago a unique fusion of people, economies, and cultures. The Windy City is home to an impressive amount of recreation centers, museums, parks, and social spaces. These public institutions foster such a […]

4.2018_dried beans blog

How to cook dried beans

20/Apr/18 / 06:00

Let’s talk about one of our favorite legumes: beans! With thousands of varieties – including kidney, lima, black, cannellini, and garbanzo – beans are a fantastic source of protein and fiber, and easy to adapt to any recipe. Skip the can opener and follow along with this video to learn about cooking with dried beans! […]

4.2018_mayors day blog

Local leaders celebrate national service

16/Apr/18 / 20:29

Mayors across the country recognized the local volunteer efforts of AmeriCorps VISTA members on what is nationally heralded as Mayors Day of Recognition for Service by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the national programs.   This year, Mayor’s Day took place on Tuesday, April 3. Here at the Food Bank, […]

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Leaving a legacy of hope

06/Apr/18 / 06:00

Friends like you have the power to share hope in our community today, tomorrow, and long into the future. We’d like to share just a few stories of our most devoted supporters who joined our Tomorrow’s Harvest society when they decided to donate a percentage of their estate to providing meals to kids, families, and […]

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National Volunteer Month – meet our volunteers!

29/Mar/18 / 10:30

Sign Up to Volunteer     April is National Volunteer Month – the perfect time to spotlight our absolutely amazing volunteers! Last year alone, we were grateful to have more than 25,000 individual volunteers support the Food Bank with their time – we wouldn’t accomplish nearly as much without their support! To celebrate National Volunteer […]

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Healthy and nutritious food help support family of seven

23/Mar/18 / 06:00

Of the meals distributed by Northern Illinois Food Bank, many fit into the category of Foods to Encourage (or F2E), an initiative through which the Food Bank strives to distribute whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins and fruits and vegetables to neighbors in need.   This commitment to provide nutritious food is especially appreciated […]

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Brown Rice: So Good. So Easy.

20/Mar/18 / 16:08

Brown rice is a whole grain with great versatility – use it as a recipe ingredient, a side dish, or the star of the show in the kitchen. It’s chewy, ever-so-slightly nutty, and packed with vitamins and minerals. Watch the video to learn how to make fluffy brown rice perfectly every time!     How […]