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A holiday meal on every table

17/Nov/17 / 06:00

As the autumn leaves shake from their branches and the first frost chills the air, our stomachs start to growl in anticipation of a bountiful holiday meal shared with family. What is widely considered to be the “traditional Thanksgiving dinner” looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting: a perfectly brined and basted turkey […]

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Cranberries Anytime

10/Nov/17 / 06:00

Small in size but mighty in flavor, cranberries add a pop of color to everything from trail mix to stuffing to meatloaf. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, this video will inspire you to add cranberries to your next recipe!     Click here for Thanksgiving Meatloaf recipe   How You Can Help:   Volunteer […]

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Healing from Harvey: Stories from Houston

03/Nov/17 / 06:00

We’re proud to be a continued part of hurricane relief efforts alongside Feeding America – providing food, water, and cleaning products to the affected areas. The following is the perspective of Colleen from Feeding America on the stories of Rosalba and Shirley, whose lives were turned upside down in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Originally […]

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No tricks…all about Halloween treats!

27/Oct/17 / 06:00

As Halloween creeps closer, candy is flooding the shelves of every grocery store, pharmacy, and gas station. From classics like Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to seasonal favorites like candy corn, many households will be stocked with these sweet treats for the costumed crowds who will be ringing doorbells and shouting […]

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Cooking with Quinoa

20/Oct/17 / 06:00

It’s easy to experiment in the kitchen when you start with a great, versatile base like quinoa! From salad to veggie-burgers, these little seeds can go a long way. Watch the video to learn how to get started with quinoa!     How You Can Help:   Volunteer at one of our Centers in Geneva, […]

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All about the great pumpkin

13/Oct/17 / 18:58

Something shifts when the temperature dips below 65 degrees. At the first sign of autumn leaves, we break out the sweaters, scarves, and everything pumpkin spice. But while you can find pumpkin in coffee and creamer, baked goods and spreads, and even candles and potpourri, we’re going straight to the source at the end of […]

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Hunger Action Month recap

11/Oct/17 / 18:57

Every September, hunger relief organizations organize events and rally their supporters to raise awareness of the existence of hunger and food insecurity in their communities. Without awareness of a problem, people cannot take action to help solve it! This year, the call to action in Northern Illinois was met with enthusiasm, as nearly 20 Hunger […]

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Orange is the new kale

29/Sep/17 / 17:31

As we wrap up September, we continue to have Hunger Action Month orange on our mind – and in our food! We’re not only talking about carrots and pumpkins, either. Think citrus, persimmons, yams, and butternut squash (more on that later).   But first, what exactly makes orange fruits and vegetables like these so special? […]

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On an empty stomach, I can’t…

22/Sep/17 / 06:00

How do you feel on an empty stomach? For the families, children, and seniors who face hunger in Northern Illinois, an empty stomach makes it difficult to reach their full potential. To raise awareness of the issue of hunger, we asked our neighbors to finish the sentence: “On an empty stomach, I can’t…” for our […]

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How to cut a whole chicken into eight pieces

15/Sep/17 / 06:00

Buying a whole chicken can be intimidating. Where do you store it? How long do you cook it? How do you serve it?   Cut this stress out of your life by following along with Chef Jen as she divides up one whole chicken into eight pieces – perfect for a meal with family and […]