Northern Illinois Food Bank today announced it has relocated its Northwest Center from Loves Park to 765 Research Parkway in Rockford. The public is invited to an open house Friday, March 6, from 2 – 5 p.m., and Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. – noon, to learn more about the ways the Food Bank and its network of community food pantries and feeding programs are working to solve hunger in our community, and how individuals, families and groups can get involved in the cause.
Located off U.S. Route 20, the new location will provide more convenient access for the Food Bank’s food donors and local pantries and feeding programs. The Rockford location will also provide a larger volunteer area, allowing a greater number of groups, families and individuals to engage in the Food Bank’s mission.
“We are committed to serving Rockford and the Stateline area,” said Julie Yurko, president and CEO, Northern Illinois Food Bank. “We are excited that this new center will help us better serve our neighbors in need while providing a convenient location for those who would like to help us in our mission by volunteering or donating.”
Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Northwest Center serves as the Food Bank’s hub for serving more than 170 community food pantries and feeding programs in Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson and Ogle counties.
Volunteers assist the Food Bank in inspecting, sorting and packing food donations for distribution to the Food Bank’s network of local food pantries and feeding programs that provide food to more than 71,000 people each week across 13 counties in northern Illinois.
The Rockford location will allow corporate and social groups of up to 60 people to volunteer at the same time, and will offer meeting space for groups that would like to combine an off-site meeting with a volunteer experience. Volunteers are also needed for office and administrative tasks. To volunteer, log onto www.SolveHungerToday.org/volunteer.
More than 64,500 people across the four-county Stateline area are at risk of hunger. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, log onto www.SolveHungerToday.org/GetHelp to find the nearest food pantry or feeding program.