Northern Illinois Food Bank 2022 Advocacy Agenda

Northern Illinois Food Bank West Suburban Center Employees Going Orange for Hunger, 2022

Why Advocacy Matters

Food insecurity is a complex and multi-faceted issue that requires a multipronged approach. While Northern Illinois Food Bank works to meet the immediate symptom of food insecurity – hunger – through our network of food pantries, soup kitchens and meal sites, we also collaborate with national, state and local partners to address the root causes of food insecurity, lift our neighbors up, and build healthy communities that thrive. An important aspect of this work is advocating for policies that can decrease the existence of food insecurity and strengthen our communities.

Along with the non-profit, charitable food assistance network – of which the Food Bank is a part of – federal and state nutrition programs are an integral part of solving hunger. Due to these multiple approaches and programs working in concert with each other, Northern Illinois Food Bank plays an important role in educating the public and our elected officials on the realities facing the neighbors we serve.

By participating in key legislation discussions and advocating for food security policies, we are able to give a voice to not only our organization, but to our agencies and, ultimately, our neighbors. What we say and do can be the difference between having a meal on the table or not for families in Northern Illinois.

Our Advocacy Mission

In order to solve hunger in our service area, Northern Illinois Food Bank works with national, state and local partners to advocate for administrative and legislative policies that strengthen our communities and decrease instances of food insecurity.

Use Your Voice

Here are some other important steps you can take to help make sure all of our neighbors are able to thrive:

  • Know your elected officials. Research your elected officials and see what they are doing to solve hunger. Not sure who your current elected officials are? Find out now.
  • Register to vote. You have the power to elect legislators who are dedicated to eliminating hunger in your community. Make sure you register so your voice can be heard.
  • Share your story. Have you been impacted by hunger, volunteered at a food bank or pantry, advocated for hunger-relief, or noticed the effects of hunger on friends, family, or neighbors? We want to hear from YOU! Sharing your story is one of the best ways to raise awareness of how hunger impacts our community. You could inspire someone to volunteer or donate a meal, motivate an elected official to draft hunger relief legislation, or help encourage neighbors to reach out when they need a little help. No story is too big or too small to make an impact. Share your story today to help solve hunger!