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Meals on the Move, Summer 2023

It was another fun summer of Meals on the Move, serving more than 5,000 free lunches to kids in Aurora and distributing over 14,300 pounds of produce! For our sixth year, we tried something a little different. Historically the summer lunch program has served kids one location at a time, often starting at 10am and […]

Oct 5, 2023

The Difference You Make

A Team Member’s Perspective Would you know how to explain the difference between a food bank and a food pantry? We know this can sound confusing, but it’s really quite easy to explain. Northern Illinois Food Bank supplies groceries to a network of 900 outlets across our 13-county service area, including soup kitchens, after-school programs, […]

Jul 20, 2023

Rx Mobile Market—Saving Lives

“You are saving our lives by providing healthy food.” Sirenio’s life changed when he received his diagnosis. Chances are you know and love someone whose life has also been altered by diabetes. It’s a disease that affects every part of a patient’s life and without management, can be fatal. But there’s hope for patients in […]

Jul 20, 2023

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Press Releases

GENEVA, IL (November 13, 2023) – Northern Illinois Food Bank, the leading hunger relief
organization serving 13 counties in rural and suburban Northern Illinois, and DoorDash
celebrated 100,000 deliveries of charitable food to neighbors experiencing food insecurity, as a part of Northern Illinois Food Bank’s partnership with DoorDash’s Project DASH. (continue reading)

GENEVA, IL (November 8, 2023) – Northern Illinois Food Bank kicks off the season of giving with its 24th annual Holiday Meal Box program to ensure all neighbors can enjoy a special holiday meal with their loved ones.  This year, with the support of generous sponsors and volunteers, the Food Bank will be providing 50,000 Holiday Meal Boxes to neighbors facing hunger across 13 counties in suburban and rural Northern Illinois. (continue reading)

Geneva, IL (August 31, 2023) – This September, Northern Illinois Food Bank, the leading hunger relief organization serving 13 counties in rural and suburban Northern Illinois and member of the Feeding America Network, will recognize Hunger Action Month with several initiatives to educate the public
about the issue of hunger and ways to get involved. (continue reading)

Geneva, IL (August 30, 2023) – Northern Illinois Food Bank’s 25th Annual Northern Illinois Food Bank Hunger Scramble, presented by Old Second National Bank, drew more than 220 golfers and raised over
$150,000 for hunger relief in Northern Illinois. This year, the Food Bank’s signature fundraiser was held at a new location, White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, IL. Participants enjoyed a fun outdoor scramble style round of golf with on-course tastings, giveaways, and un games on a beautiful course. (continue reading)

Geneva, IL (June 19, 2023) – Northern Illinois Food Bank announced today it received a grant from Bayer Fund, a philanthropic of arm of Bayer in the U.S. This grant will be used towards building a better future by supporting Northern Illinois Food Bank’s My Pantry Express program. (continue reading)

Geneva, IL (April 7, 2023) – Northern Illinois Food Bank’s 10th Annual Fight Hunger 5K/10K race, presented by Glanbia Performance Nutrition, returns on April 22 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. Over 1,200 participants, volunteers, sponsors and spectators will come together for a good cause – to help solve hunger in Northern Illinois.  (continue reading)

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Northern Illinois Food Bank Receives $25,000 Medline CARES donation so families can access fresh food – Rx Mobile program highlights growth of ‘food as medicine’

Geneva, IL, March 13, 2023 – A new $25,000 Medline CARES donation is helping to support the Food Bank’s Build Healthy Communities Screen and Intervene initiative, working alongside healthcare organizations to address the need for nutritious food for patients identified as food insecure. To date, Medline has donated $75,000 towards the initiative. (continue reading)

(GENEVA, IL – March 9, 2023) – Northern Illinois Food Bank is pleased to announce that we are receiving a $1,500 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)

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Northern Illinois Food Bank Announces 8th Annual A Cup of Hope Fundraiser Hosted by Executive Women’s Council

Guests will enjoy an afternoon filled with tea, entertainment, raffle, auction and more!

Geneva, IL (February 16, 2023) – Northern Illinois Food Bank and its Executive Women’s Council announce the 8th Annual “A Cup of Hope” afternoon tea is back in person after two years of being virtual.  The highly anticipated “Mad Hatter” themed event will be held on March 5, 2023 from 1:30 – 4:00 PM, at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn. The event will be emceed by Emmy award winning journalist, Judy Hsu of ABC7 News and will feature the magic of Scott Piner, an entertainer known for his engaging blend of humor and interactive performance. Nicor Gas is returning as the event’s presenting sponsor. (continue reading)

Northern Illinois Food Bank Marks 40 Years of Solving Hunger and Empowering Neighbors

Bold new logo and brand refresh reflects neighbor-centric mission

 

Geneva, IL (February 13, 2023) – Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) is marking their 40th anniversary of solving hunger and empowering neighbors throughout Northern Illinois. Over 100 staff kicked-off a year-long dedication with a volunteer shift and 80’s theme reception at the Food Bank’s West Suburban Center in Geneva. To honor the milestone, a bold new logo, brand refresh and 40th anniversary legacy website page was launched at SolveHungerToday.org. (continue reading)

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Northern Illinois Food Bank Receives Grant from The Community Foundation for McHenry County

Geneva, IL (February 1, 2023) – Northern Illinois Food Bank is pleased to announce it received a $15,000 grant award for two years from the Community Foundation for McHenry County. These funds will be used to support the Food Bank’s food distribution programs.

The Community Foundation for McHenry County works to philanthropically address the needs of McHenry County by providing leadership, granting resources, stewarding assets, and fostering awareness. The Foundation and its community of donors provides financial support and leadership to charitable organizations that serve its residents. (continue reading)

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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, 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)

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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)

(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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 Healthcare opened 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)

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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)

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 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)

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)

(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)

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)