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Visiting a food pantry: myths & facts

28/Jan/19 / 21:53

The decision to visit a food pantry is often a difficult choice for our neighbors. Between the stigma surrounding pantries and common misconceptions about how the system works, many people do not seek the assistance they need. Here are some myths and facts surrounding pantries and who they help.   Myth #1: You have to […]

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A single mom finds a helping hand

18/Jan/19 / 11:00

As a single mom of three children, Anna was struggling to keep enough food on the table to feed her family when we met her at Second Baptist Church in Joliet. While she receives SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps), the total amount had recently been reduced, and her paycheck from working as a […]

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Five unexpected benefits of volunteering as a family

11/Jan/19 / 06:00

Now that the whirlwind of parties and travel plans has settled, it’s a great time for your family to get started on your New Year’s resolutions and give back to your community.   This year, make volunteering a family affair. You’re familiar with the “feel-good” emotions that come from helping others, but there are even […]

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‘I Feel Like I’m Failing Them’: How Low-Income Parents Struggle Over The Holidays

04/Jan/19 / 06:00

Jasmine, 32, is looking forward to Christmas, a rare opportunity to spend an entire day with her twin 8-year-old boys. But she’s also anxious ― anxious that she’ll disappoint them because she can’t afford to buy them the few gifts they asked for this holiday season.   “Some days I feel like I’m failing them,” […]

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Serving hungry neighbors for 35 years

01/Jan/19 / 06:00

  It was 35 years ago when Wheaton Franciscan Sister Rosemarie Burian founded what was known as the Bethlehem Food Bank at 170 Easy St. in Carol Stream.   But the food bank was met with challenges and questions from critics. Naysayers didn’t realize that there were DuPage County residents living in need.   “It’s […]

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Growing for the future – looking back on 2018

28/Dec/18 / 06:00

In 1983, our founder, Sister Rosemarie Burian, had a vision of a community coming together to care for one another by providing food to those in need. Her dream is now a reality and it is our privilege to honor her passion for helping others by solving hunger in Northern Illinois. This is something we […]

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Creative recipes using holiday staples

21/Dec/18 / 06:00

Using the items from this year’s Holiday Meal Box from Northern Illinois Food Bank, these creative uses of holiday staples are sure to be a hit with family and friends! Your menu includes:   Veggie and Stuffing Bread Pudding Sweet Potato Soufflé Chocolate Covered Strawberry Parfait Fruit and Nut Gelatin Molds Veggie and Stuffing Bread […]

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How to keep a family gratitude journal

14/Dec/18 / 06:00

It’s a constant challenge to practice mindfulness, living in the present moment instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. And it’s especially difficult to do this during the holidays with so many things competing for our attention.   The good news is that there are lots of habits and tricks you […]

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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 […]

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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 […]