Contact: Elizabeth Gartman, Communications Manager, egartman@northernilfoodbank.org, 630-443-6910 ext. 142

Northern Illinois Food Bank receives grant from Highland Park Community Foundation to support mobile pantry distributions

(GENEVA, Ill., December 13, 2018) – Northern Illinois Food Bank is honored to be a 2018 recipient of Highland Park Community Foundation’s annual grant funding. The Foundation has awarded the Food Bank $5,000 to support four mobile pantry distributions in Highwood, Illinois community, a high-need area in Lake County.

The mobile pantry is a “traveling food pantry” program that delivers 5,000-7,000 pounds of meat, produce, non-perishable food and other products to communities where the need for food surpasses the capacity of existing food pantry resources.

In FY18 alone, the Food Bank’s two mobile pantry trucks made 433 stops across its 13-county service area, distributing the equivalent of 2.1 million meals to hungry neighbors—with more than 376,000 of those meals being distributed in Lake County, where there are more than 68,000 adults and children facing food insecurity every day.

“The Mobile Pantry Program is a vital part of our ability to feed hungry neighbors in high-need communities across Northern Illinois,” said Julie Yurko, President & CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank. “We are so grateful to The Highland Park Community Foundation for their ongoing support of our Mobile Pantry Program through both this funding and their volunteer efforts. Without the generosity of our donors, we would not be able to work toward our goal of providing every neighbor with every meal, every day.”

The Foundation-sponsored mobile pantry distributions in Highwood are scheduled for March, April and May 2019. This is the second year the foundation has supported the twice monthly Highwood mobile pantries, which currently serve an average of 80 families, benefitting 300 individuals.

“The Highland Park Community Foundation is proud to support food distributions by the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program,” said Nancy Mills, Chairman of the Foundation. “Unfortunately, food insecurity is a serious problem for a significant number of families in our community. The Foundation is committed to supporting this critical program and helping to provide food for those in need.”


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 www.SolveHungerToday.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About Highland Park Community Foundation

The Highland Park Community Foundation was established in 1992 at the request of the City of Highland Park to build and maintain a permanent endowment fund. The fund serves to support and expand the services of social service, cultural, educational and environmental agencies in Highland Park and Highwood. It is also used to nurture the early stages of new and innovative programs. The Foundation’s avowed purpose is to “meet the unmet needs” of the community – needs that are not met by governmental or other sources. By choosing an endowment fund as our primary financial vehicle, the Foundation can serve the community in perpetuity. To learn more about The Highland Park Community Foundation, please visit www.hpcfil.org.

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