Northern Illinois Food Bank: Empowering Neighbors for Over 40 Years

Northern Illinois Food Bank started in 1983, when Sister Rosemarie Burian had a vision of bringing people together to solve the problem of hunger. She found people who shared that commitment and they worked together to start Bethlehem Center, which later became Northern Illinois Food Bank. From humble beginnings, that team, many other leaders, staff and volunteers since then, have innovated again and again toward the goal of ensuring everyone in Northern Illinois has the food they need to thrive. There is more work to be done to achieve that goal! We are all neighbors, and we can each work toward Sister Rosemarie’s vision of a hunger-free community!







“It’s not what’s in your pocket, but what’s in your heart that expresses life.”


Sister Rosemarie Burian, Founder of Northern Illinois Food Bank