12.2018_heat or eat blog

Heat or Eat? Help our neighbors ward off winter winds this holiday season

06/Dec/18 / 22:48

During the winter months, when electric and gas bills skyrocket to keep up with the increased cost of heating homes, money is often scarce – and no one knows this better than Sally, a 68-year-old resident of the small village of Durand, Illinois.   After living with her parents for the past twenty years, upon […]

11.2018_thanksgiving leftovers blog

How to gobble up your Thanksgiving leftovers

16/Nov/18 / 22:16

Every November, the fourth Thursday of the month finds many people throughout the country gathering together to give thanks for family, friends, and – perhaps what the day is best known for – a seasonal feast of delicious food.   With traditional favorites like turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato pie, and […]

11.2018_veterans day blog

Remembering our veterans

09/Nov/18 / 20:42

As an Army veteran, Donald was trained to face war. When we met him at Open Arms Mission in Antioch, he was no longer active-duty military, but was engaged in a different kind of war – with hunger. Like so many others in Northern Illinois and throughout the United States, accessing enough healthy and nutritious […]

11.2018_child struggling hunger blog

How to tell if a child is struggling with hunger

02/Nov/18 / 16:09

Chances are, one of your children’s classmates at school is not getting enough to eat at home. If there are 25 kids in your child’s class, four of them could be facing hunger. That’s because 1 in 6 kids in the United States doesn’t know where their next meal will come from. That’s more than […]

10.2018_get ready for the holidays blog

Get ready for the holidays!

26/Oct/18 / 17:28

Walking down the Halloween candy aisle while “Jingle Bell Rock” is playing overhead can only mean one thing – the holidays are just around the corner!   But before you make a shopping list and check it twice, take a moment to reflect on how you can Give What Matters this holiday season.   By […]

10.2018_Patrick mobile pantry blog

Closing the gap for Patrick

16/Oct/18 / 17:09

Patrick is the sort of person who immediately draws your attention in a crowd, from his height to his broad shoulders to the smile lines etched in grooves around his mouth and eyes.   Today is no exception. In the line of people waiting to pick up groceries at a mobile pantry in Vernon Township, […]

10.2018_HAM recap blog

Hunger Action Month recap (2018)

08/Oct/18 / 20:17

Another successful Hunger Action Month has come to a close. Every September, Feeding America and its network of food banks and supporters participate in a number of awareness activities in order to encourage people to take action and solve hunger.   This year, we kicked off the month with an on-air interview on ABC7, which […]

9.2018_EYFP Jack blog v2

Hard-working neighbor falls on hard times

24/Sep/18 / 16:38

Jack is a regular at Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry and recalls a time when the food pantry operated out of the basement of a small house on the church property, its second location after expanding from the original walk-in closet at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church. “I was a custodian for the church back then,” Jack says. “They’ve […]

9.2018_food safety blog

Food safety – how to cook, serve, and store

14/Sep/18 / 06:00

As fresh produce, dried cereal, and raw meat are inspected, sorted and packed by volunteers in our warehouse nearly every day, food safety is a top priority here at the Food Bank. We handle the food distributed to our member agencies with care in order to safely provide nutritious meals to half a million of […]

9.2018_ABC7 HAM video blog v2

3 easy ways to make a difference [VIDEO]

07/Sep/18 / 17:46

September is Hunger Action month. More than a million people receive food assistance every year from Northern Illinois Food Bank and The Greater Chicago Food Depository.   Julie Yurko of Northern Illinois Food Bank and Nicole Robinson of The Greater Chicago Food Depository stopped by ABC7 Chicago to talk to Tracy Butler about ways Chicagoans […]