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Fourth annual ‘A Cup of Hope’ event returns to Naperville March 3 to help solve hunger in Northern Illinois

Event aims to raise funds for Northern Illinois Food Bank’s child nutrition programs

(GENEVA, Ill., December 12, 2018) – The Executive Women’s Council of Northern Illinois Food Bank will host its fourth annual ‘A Cup of Hope: A Garden Tea to Solve Hunger’ at Embassy Suites in Naperville on March 3, 2019. The timing is perfect to help reawaken spring gardeners while enjoying afternoon tea to help fight childhood hunger in Northern Illinois.

The event will gather those who have a love for gardening and Food Bank supporters alike for a traditional afternoon tea party experience, complete with an extensive selection of teas, appetizers, silent auction and raffle prizes. The afternoon will also include a presentation by Jill Kilhefner, an Advanced Master Gardener, Clinical Dietician, and amateur beekeeper who will discuss the importance of bees and other pollinators in gardens and beyond.

Last year, the event raised more than $82,000, helping to provide more than $656,000 in groceries to help combat childhood hunger across the Food Bank’s 13-county service area of Northern Illinois.

The Executive Women’s Council, which hosts several events throughout the year to benefit the Food Bank, aims to engage more women in the issue of hunger and in donating time, food and funds through outreach and fundraising initiatives. A Cup of Hope is the Council’s premiere event of the year, and all proceeds benefit the Food Bank’s child nutrition programs.

“We’re so excited to once again raise funds for child nutrition programming at the Food Bank, and we’re so grateful for the outpouring of generosity we see each year from the community during this event,” said Executive Women’s Council member Gail Hernly. “The event has grown since its inception just four short years ago, and we look forward to it being even more successful this year.”

To learn more about upcoming events at Northern Illinois Food Bank and how to get involved in our mission of solving hunger, please visit, or call (630) 443-6910. For more information on the Cup of Hope event or to join the Executive Women’s Council, visit or contact Kate Thomas at (630) 443-6910 ext. 117.

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.