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5th annual ‘A Cup of Hope’ event to celebrate tea around the world and raise funds for Northern Illinois Food Bank

Afternoon event returns to Naperville March 1; tickets available

(GENEVA, Ill., January 31, 2020) – The Executive Women’s Council of Northern Illinois Food Bank will host its fifth annual ‘A Cup of Hope: Tea Around the World’ at the Embassy Suites, 1823 Abriter Court, Naperville on March 1, 2020 from 1:30-4:00pm.

This year, the annual event will celebrate the art of the tea experience, with guest speaker Judy Duncan, a certified tea specialist and owner of Café K’Tizo in downtown Wheaton. The event will feature a traditional afternoon tea party experience, complete with an extensive selection of teas, appetizers, silent auction, and raffle prizes.

Over the past five years, the event has raised more than $262,000—the equivalent of $2 million in groceries—all benefiting the Food Bank’s child nutrition and other feeding programs, which include the afterschool and summer meal programs, BackPack Program and mobile pantry program.

“The Executive Women’s Council is passionately devoted to ending childhood hunger in northeastern Illinois,” said Mary Ryan, Women’s Councilmember and event planning committee member. “Annually, we host events and work to raise awareness amongst our families, friends and community that despite living in an affluent area, many children and families remain food insecure.”

The Executive Women’s Council hosts events throughout the year to benefit the Food Bank, with the goal of engaging more women in the issue of hunger and in donating time, food and funds through outreach and fundraising initiatives.

“We won’t be happy until all children in our communities no longer have to worry where their next meal is coming from,” Ryan said.

For more information on or to purchase tickets for the ‘A Cup of Hope’ event, or to join the Executive Women’s Council, visit

To learn more about other upcoming events at Northern Illinois Food Bank and how to get involved, please visit, or call (630) 443-6910.

About Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that engages the community to solve hunger in Northern Illinois. Manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 900 partner feeding programs – the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than half a million people every year. Northern Illinois Food Bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Park City (North Suburban Center) Rockford (Northwest Center), and Joliet (South Suburban Center). Find out how you can volunteer, donate or get involved at, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.