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Hunger Action (Go Orange) Day

Wear orange on Thursday, September 10th, snap a pic and share on social media with #HungerActionDay. Make sure to tag @northernilfoodbank on Facebook or Instagram and @ilfoodbank on Twitter. Help us spread awareness that hunger is real in our communities and it doesn’t wait.

Become a Social Media Ambassador

Did you know most people hear about the Food Bank from a friend or colleague? We need your help to let others know you care about solving hunger in your community. As a Social Media Ambassador (SMA), you’ll be raising awareness for the Food Bank and our network of food pantries and programs, and inspiring others to join our mission. You’ll get the inside scoop on what we’re up to, and exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Food Bank programs, projects, and results in our quarterly sneak peeks. Learn more and sign up today!


30 Ways in 30 Days

Want to make an impact every day for the entire month? Download our 30 ways in 30 days calendar and pin it to your fridge. Whether you are hunkered down at home, or out and about, there are easy ways you can spread awareness and support our neighbors in need._


State of the Food Bank

Stay informed – join us for our first State of the Food Bank webinar on September 2nd at noon. Our CEO Julie Yurko will share results from last fiscal year and goals for the upcoming year. Register today.



In addition to honoring Patriot Day with our September 11th Service Day at all four Food Bank centers, we have many more volunteer opportunities. We need help sorting and distributing food all month long – and the full 12 months of the year. The Food Bank is following CDC recommended guidelines, requiring masks and social distancing, and requiring all volunteers to sign a health statement prior to each shift. View our calendar of opportunities and learn more about our safety procedures.


Promotions and Fundraisers

Northern Illinois Food Bank is fortunate to partner with many local and national companies, organizations and individuals to raise awareness and funds for our neighbors in need. Consider supporting these partnerships through shopping or starting your own to help solve hunger. Remember, every $1 donated can help provide $8 worth of groceries!


School or Family Activities

Our children are the future and teaching them early on about the issue of hunger and its impact on our neighbors can build empathy and a passion for serving.

  • Nutrition Education Lessons – Developed by Food Bank staff, these hands-on lessons involved kids in preparing healthy foods and learning about the importance of a nutritious diet. View the full videos and prepare the food as a family or teach to a classroom or scout troop.
  • Learning through reading – Stories are a helpful way to teach valuable lessons. We have compiled a list of books for multiple grade levels that address hunger and food insecurity.

  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  • The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
  • Ruby’s Hope by Monica Kulling
  • Spuds by Karen Hesse
  • Enough to go around: a story of generosity by Kristin Johnson
  • Joey and the Giant Box by Deborah Lakritz
  • Can we help?: kids volunteering to help their communities by George Ancona

  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  • Free Lunch by Rex Ogle

  • Roam by CH Armstrong
  • The Boy Who Lied by Kim Slater