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4 Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Home

Consumer food waste is a worldwide challenge, but a few habits and changes at home can make a huge difference! 1. Compost your leftovers Do you have a garden? If not, do you know someone who does? If the answer is yes, composting is a terrific way to use your kitchen scraps! Composting speeds up […]

Jan 3, 2023

A Different Kind of New Year Resolution

Each new year, people worldwide are filled with a newfound optimism in their ability to do better. We see it every January and February – we make resolutions centered around things like losing weight, kicking old habits and taking up new hobbies. As we come to the end of 2022, many of us are taking […]

Dec 30, 2022

Neighbor Victoria’s Story

Victoria, a former teacher, and her husband, an electrician, relocated to Illinois with their three young children, ages five, seven and nine. After a client failed to pay her husband for a significant $17,000 project, Victoria and her family found themselves searching for answers. “I would personally like to thank you [donors and the Northern […]

Dec 21, 2022

In the News


Northern Illinois Food Bank Launches Innovative Food Finder Map to Help Connect Neighbors with Food Pantries and Programs

New digital tools increase access to food with easy to use features

Geneva, IL (January 23, 2022) – Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) announced today the launch of Vivery, an innovative platform and digital Food Finder map helping neighbors experiencing food insecurity connect with vital food resources in their community and surrounding areas. The new mobile-friendly map increases access to the fresh and nutritious food neighbors need to thrive.   (continue reading)

Geneva, IL – March 23, 2022 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7th Annual A Cup of Hope Raises $167,000 to Enhance Child Nutrition Programs.

Northern Illinois Food Bank and its Executive Women’s Council are proud to announce the 7th Annual A Cup of Hope raised $167,000 to enhance hunger relief initiatives and helping to provide fresh, nutritious food so children across Northern
Illinois can thrive. (continue reading)

Northern Illinois Food Bank Awards $454,000 in Grants to Improve Access to Food

(GENEVA, IL – Dec. 27, 2021) – Northern Illinois Food Bank awarded 18 grants totaling
$453,864 to local food pantries and food assistance programs to give better access to food and other resources for neighbors in need. (continue reading)

Northern Illinois Food Bank Presents its Annual Report in New Digital Format

(GENEVA, IL – Nov. 16, 2021) – Northern Illinois Food Bank released its FY21 Annual Report – this year in an interactive, digital format. (continue reading)

East Court Clinic Food Pantry Opens in Kankakee Northern Illinois Food Bank establishes first hospital-based food pantry outside of Chicago.

(KANKAKEE, IL – Nov. 8, 2021) – Northern Illinois Food Bank and Riverside Healthcareopened East Court Clinic Food Pantry, the first hospital-based food pantry in Northern Illinois outside of Cook County. It will provide free groceries to patients in need of nutritious food that meets their dietary requirements. (continue reading)

OP-ED by Julie Yurko
Published by Chicago Tribune on Oct. 8, 2021

Breaking Down Barriers to Address Food Insecurity

On a recent Saturday morning, more than 300 cars lined up in a parking lot at Joliet Junior College awaiting volunteers with Northern Illinois Food Bank to load their vehicles with free groceries. While some visitors to the regularly scheduled pop-up market were familiar faces, many were families experiencing food insecurity for the first time. (continue reading)

For Immediate Release

Northern Illinois Food Bank Welcomes Four Executives to Board of Directors
GENEVA, Ill., Sept. 28, 2021 – Four business executives have joined the board of directors of Northern Illinois Food Bank. They include: Former Mondelez International Financial Executive
David Brearton, CogniTek CEO/CTO and MG Fuels Founder/CEO Michael Gurin, IDEO Executive Director Justin Massa, and YouTech Founder and CEO Wilbur You. (continue reading)

For Immediate Release
Northern Illinois Food Bank Honors 7 Top Volunteers

GENEVA, ILLINOIS – May 4, 2021 – Northern Illinois Food Bank is proud to announce it has awarded seven volunteers for extraordinary service in the past year. (continue reading)

1 Year Later, Covid-19 Still Devastating Communities in N. Illinois

(GENEVA, Ill., March 16, 2021) – One year after the pandemic was declared, Northern Illinois Food Bank is helping tens of thousands families each month get free, nutritious food. The demand is not waning. (continue reading)

(GENEVA, Ill., March 3, 2021) – For many, the New Year symbolizes a renewed start — a time of resolutions, commitments and change. For Northern Illinois Food Bank, 2021 marks the beginning of a five-year collaborative journey as the Food Bank unveils its new Strategic Plan: UNITE. (continue reading)

Partnerships & Grants

(GENEVA, Ill., October 6, 2022) – Northern Illinois Food Bank recently received a $2,000 grant from United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties in support of our first hospital-based food pantry, a Wellness Food Clinic located at Riverside Healthcare’s East Court Primary Care Clinic in Kankakee. (continue reading)

(GENEVA, IL – September 21, 2022) –Northern Illinois Food Bank is pleased to announce they received a $100,000 Immediate Intervention Grant from the DuPage Community Transformation Partnership (DCTP) Fund. These funds will help provide the Food Bank’s pantry network throughout DuPage County with additional resources including nutritious food. (continue reading)

(GENEVA, IL – March 2, 2022) – Northern Illinois Food Bank is pleased to announce it has received a $3,000 grant from the Stateline Community Foundation. These funds will be used to support the SOBO Food Pantry at Blackhawk Elementary School in South Beloit School District 320. (continue reading)

CHICAGO, IL. – February 28, 2022 – Nonprofit Bigger Table and eight companies throughout Chicagoland joined forces to fight food insecurity with the creation of high-fiber, high-protein almond chocolate bars. Working closely with food banks and pantries, Bigger Table develops, creates, and provides new, nutrientrich foods to address specific needs of community partners. (continue reading)

February 15, 2022
Chicago-area Food Banks Receive $400,000 Donation through Bank of America COVID-19 Employee Booster Initiative Bank of America donated $100 for each bank employee who recorded a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot, and made an additional company contribution. (continue reading)


Northern Illinois Food Bank Receives Grant from Highland Park Community Foundation (GENEVA, IL – Jan. 11, 2022) – Northern Illinois Food Bank is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Highland Park Community Foundation. These funds will be used to support the weekly Mobile Market distributions in Highwood. (continue reading)

News Release
Takeda Announces U.S. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program Aimed to Help Reduce Social Disparities. (continue reading)

Northern Illinois Food Bank Joins Partnership for a Healthier America’s
Healthy Hunger Relief Initiative National partnership will radically improve the quality of food distributed to food-insecure families in Northern Illinois. (continue reading)

For Immediate Release
Northern Illinois Food Bank Receives $100,000 Grant from Cardinal Health Foundation for National Food Pharmacy Initiative
GENEVA, ILLINOIS – September 30, 2021 – Northern Illinois Food Bank has received a $100,000 grant from Cardinal Health Foundation for a National Food Pharmacy Initiative that seeks to improve health
outcomes for individuals experiencing or at risk for chronic health issues, such as diabetes and heart disease, by providing healthy eating options and education. (continue reading)

Geneva, Ill. (Sept. 28, 2021) – For the fifth year in a row, Walmart, Bimbo Bakeries USA and Tyson Foods have joined forces to help end hunger across the United States. (continue reading)

(Oak Brook, IL) – September 22, 2021 – As the COVID-19 pandemic surges in communities throughout the state, the
Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) recently approved $2 million in funding to eight food banks serving
Illinois. The new funding initiative will provide $250,000 in grant funding over two years to each of eight Illinois-serving
foodbanks for total a funding allocation of $2,000,000. The eight grants are part of the $15 million that ILCHF allocated to
Covid-19 relief funding for distribution in 2021 and 2022. (continue reading)

GENEVA, IL — Sept. 9, 2021 — Northern Illinois Food Bank has been selected as a charity partner for Jewel-Osco Foundation and will receive donations from the grocery retailer’s annual Nourishing Neighbors Breakfast campaign aimed at helping ensure every child has access to a healthy breakfast. (continue reading)

GENEVA, IL — Aug. 6, 2021 — Northern Illinois Food Bank’s work to mitigate hunger in 13 counties in Northern Illinois was aided recently by a $100,000 grant from Jewel-Osco and Jewel-Osco Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Program that aims to help connect qualified individuals with existing federal meal programs such as SNAP, WIC, P-EBT and free or reduced school nutrition programs. (continue reading)

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