Hunger Action Month

What is Hunger Action Month?

Established by Feeding America, Hunger Action Month is a national initiative designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Every September, hunger relief organizations and their partners organize a number of events to raise awareness in their communities of the existence of hunger and food insecurity. Without awareness of a problem, people cannot take action to remedy it.


Take Action – Make a Donation!


How can you take action this September?

Any action – big or small – makes a real difference in the lives of the hungry neighbors in our community. Together, we are solving hunger!

Volunteer at a Pack-A-Thon

Help us pack over 150,000 lbs of food for our neighbors in need! Join us for one of our Hunger Action Month Pack-a-thons at one of our Center locations!

Register to volunteer at a Pack-A-Thon here.

What is a Pack-a-thon?

A Pack-a-thon is a day-long packing event in which participants inspect, sort and package donated food that will be distributed to our neighbors throughout Northern Illinois Food Bank’s 13-county service area.

The day is divided into four 2-hour shifts. Each shift will begin with a brief informational session that will explain the shift’s task, food safety guidelines to follow and the impact that participants will be making in their community. During the rest of the shift, participants will inspect and package fresh produce while enjoying music, answering trivia questions for prizes, and participating in fun raffles!

This event is great for teams, families, or individuals! Children 8 years and older can join!

Pack-a-thon Schedule

Volunteer shifts include 7:00-9:00am, 9:30-11:30am, 12:30-2:30pm, and 3:00-5:00pm

  • September 6 at the West Suburban Center (273 Dearborn Court / Geneva, IL 60134)
  • September 13 at the South Suburban Center (171 South Larkin Avenue / Joliet, IL 60436)
  • September 20 at the North Suburban Center (440 Keller Drive / Park City, IL 60085)
  • September 27 at the Northwest Center (765 Research Parkway / Rockford, IL 61109)

Register online or contact our Volunteer Team – email or call 630-443-6910.

Food & Fund Drive

Every $1 donated provides $8 worth of groceries! Northern Illinois Food Bank relies on people like you to help us feed our hungry neighbors. Hosting a Food and Fund Drive is the easiest way for you and your coworkers, friends, and family to join the Food Bank in solving hunger.

Get started today by visiting our Food & Fund Drive website – click here!

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or contact Andrew Palmer – email or call 630-443-6910 ext 196.

Dedicate your social media to the cause!

  • Follow the Food Bank on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
  • Post about hunger and the need in your area using the resources found in our Hunger Action Month Toolkit. If people don’t realize there is a problem, then they won’t know they need to take action to fix it
  • Be sure to tag Northern Illinois Food Bank (@ILfoodbank on Twitter, and @northernilfoodbank on Instagram) and use the hashtag #ILHungerAction

Participate in Pass the Plate

Dine at one of our partner restaurants this September to help us raise funds for our hungry neighbors. View a list of participating restaurants and learn more about Pass the Plate.

Show your support by attending a Hunger Action Month event in your community!

Northern Illinois Food bank and many of our partners are holding awareness and fundraising events all month long!
Check out our Hunger Action Month Event Calendar and find one near you!

Attention member agencies and community partners! If you want to share your event on this calendar, contact Teresa Schryver – Email or call 630-443-6910 ext 160

  • Rockford City Market
    September 6 at 3-8pm
    Location: Water Street &, Market St, Rockford, IL 61107

    Rockford City Market features local growers and vendors who sell natural products and unique retail items, live music, demonstrations and kids’ activities. Northern Illinois Food Bank will be volunteering as the Gate Keepers for the September 6th Market. Be sure to stop by, and visit us at the gates and at our informational table to learn more about how you can help solve hunger!
  • Geneva Pack-a-thon
    September 6 at 7am-5pm

    Location: West Suburban Center, Geneva
  • Go Orange Day!
    September 12

    Wear orange, take a picture and share it on social media! Tell all of your friends how you are taking action to solve hunger! #HungerAction
  • Joliet Pack-a-thon
    September 13 at 7am-5pm

    Location: South Suburban Center, Joliet
  • Park City Pack-a-thon
    September 20 at 7am-5pm

    Location: North Suburban Center, Park City
  • Rockford City Pack-a-thon
    September 27 at 7am-5pm

    Location: Northwest Center, Rockford

  • Questions?

    For more information about Hunger Action Month and how you can get involved, please contact Teresa Schryver – Email or call 630-443-6910 ext 160