Corporate and Community Partnerships

“Nicor Gas is committed to ensuring our communities and the neighbors we serve have the food and resources they need to give them energy every day, “ said Rahul Kalsi, director, Government Relations, Nicor Gas and Associate Board member for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. “We are proud to work hand in hand with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and are making investments to strengthen our local neighborhoods and create thriving places to live and work.”

Northern Illinois Food Bank is leading our community in solving hunger. We provide nutritious food and resources for our neighbors, with dignity, equity and convenience, through partnerships and innovation. We invite you, as neighbors, to be a part of the solution with your time and resources. Corporate support is not only vital to our mission, it’s also vital to employee engagement and brand connectedness. Northern Illinois Food Bank is fortunate to have some of the country’s most prominent corporate brands as mission partners. Service demonstrates the heart of any brand in very tangible ways and we look forward to helping your company select a path to long term engagement and leadership in the community.

Engage Employees

Solving hunger requires the support of many, including dedicated corporate groups. We offer a variety of opportunities for employee engagement that can take place at one of our four distribution centers or at one of our events. 


Build team spirit while making an impact on hunger for our neighbors in need. Pack and sort food at a distribution center or distribute groceries directly to neighbors.

Fundraise in the Office

Hosting an online fundraiser is great for team building, friendly competition, building your brand through social media and engaging your personal and professional networks.

Foster Leadership

The philanthropic nature of leadership in businesses significantly impacts a company’s culture and sets an example to help others. Purposeful engagement in the communities where your employees live and work connects them to a greater cause, cultivates a sense of pride and increases job satisfaction.

Executive Engagement

Partnering with the Food Bank as a board or committee member, donor, or supporter gives business leaders the opportunity to demonstrate their personal commitment to making a difference.  This can inspire and motivate employees and improve their perception of the company’s leadership as a whole. 

Future Leaders

Allow future leaders to connect with other like-minded employees and represent your company while making an impact in their communities.  Through volunteering, committee involvement, and organizing lunch-and-learns or fundraisers the office, your future leaders will be able to see how your partnership and support directly makes an impact in the mission of solving hunger.

Brand Exposure and Recognition

Special Events

Our fundraising events raise awareness and funds that are necessary to further our mission. Sponsoring events will gain your business more exposure to a targeted audience, help create a positive public image, and provide another opportunity to engage employees and customers.

Cause Marketing

Through an effective cause marketing campaign, your business can improve your social responsibility image, gain and engage loyal customers while creating a great impact in solving hunger.

Financial and In-Kind Support

Corporate Donation

Funding to strengthen our response throughout Northern Illinois is our highest need. Support the Food Bank with general operating or program specific donations or grants to help us address and solve hunger in the most innovative and efficient ways possible. 

In-Kind Donations

From food for neighbor distribution, event spaces, or items and packages to be used in our raffles and silent auctions, in-kind support saves funding and helps further our mission all year.

Payroll Deductions & Matching Gifts

Include Northern Illinois Food Bank as an option for tax-deductible payroll deductions giving employees the opportunity to help ensure that nutritious food is always available to our neighbors in need. Help their gift work twice as hard by matching all employee gifts made to Northern Illinois Food Bank.


Tribute Gifts

A donation that will help solve hunger makes a meaningful gift to honor a milestone, new hire, client etc. Ask how we can help personalize and make your tribute gift special.