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Northern Illinois Food Bank receives $15,000 grant from Bayer Fund to support online food pantry program, My Pantry Express, in DeKalb County

(Geneva, Ill., October 4, 2019) – In August, Bayer Fund employees from Waterman, Ill. recommended Northern Illinois Food Bank for a $15,000 grant from the organization to support meal distribution through the Food Bank’s new online food pantry program in DeKalb County.

“My Pantry Express is a new way to serve our neighbors facing food insecurity,” said Julie Yurko, President & CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank. “This online food pantry model not only helps the Food Bank distribute more meals in our highest need communities, it changes how the food banking industry functions, focusing on reaching neighbors who aren’t currently using the charitable food system for a variety of reasons including access, stigma and shame.”

The Food Bank expects to replicate the online model in other parts of its 13-county service area. The model is being shared throughout Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks, to which it belongs, with two additional Food Banks currently running their own pilots. Volunteers ages 16 and up are needed to help support the program in DeKalb County. Anyone interested is encouraged to learn more and sign up at

Northern Illinois Food Bank has previously received Bayer Fund grant funding to support its BackPack Program, which helps provide nutritious meals to children on weekends.

“We are excited to partner with Northern Illinois Food Bank and support their My Pantry Express Program. These kinds of programs make a significant impact in people’s lives. The Bayer Fund prioritizes nutrition based programs like this and we’re honored to help the Food Bank improve people’s lives,” said Troy Dukes, Bayer Site Lead in Waterman, Ill.

In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $1.4 million through this program to nonprofit organizations in rural communities to help address essential needs in Food & Nutrition, STEM Education, and Community Development. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7 million through this program over the last five years.

About Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a proud 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.

About Bayer Fund

Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.