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Northern Illinois Food Bank receives grant from Stateline Community Foundation

(GENEVA, Ill., April 20, 2017) – Northern Illinois Food Bank recently received a $1,000 grant from the Stateline Community Foundation to support its BackPack program in the Roscoe and South Beloit communities.

56 children at risk of hunger at Blackhawk Junior High, Clark, Riverview, South Beloit High School, Prairie Hill, Kinnikinnick, Stone Creek, Roscoe Middle and Ledgewood schools receive weekly backpacks of food to ensure they do not go hungry over the weekend. Each backpack contains enough non-perishable food to provide at least nine meals and includes cereal, shelf-stable milk, tuna or canned chicken, canned fruits and vegetables and pasta. Stateline Community Foundation has supported this program since 2012.

The Food Bank’s BackPack Program partners with 25 schools across Winnebago county, providing 233 backpacks of food each month to children in need. Additionally, the Food Bank provides after-school meals and snacks for more than 3,100 children each day in the Rockford area through 37 after-school programs. In total, the Food Bank supports more than 120 food pantries and feeding programs in Winnebago County to provide food to those in need. Currently, more than 50,000 Winnebago County residents are food insecure, including more than16,2000 children (nearly 23 percent).

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, please contact Monica Marr at (847) 336-3663 ext. 748.

About Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank leads the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Since 1983, food manufacturers, local grocers, corporations, foundations, and individuals have come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to 800 community food pantries and feeding programs serving more than 71,500 hungry neighbors each week across 13 counties. That commitment provided 62.5 million meals to those in need in FY16. Find out how you can Volunteer, Donate and Get Involved at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Northern Illinois Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.

About Stateline Community Foundation
The Stateline Community Foundation is proud to stand as the region’s leading resource for information about charitable giving and community needs. Since our inception in 1986 The Stateline Community Foundation has helped public-spirited citizens find ways to address community problems. The funds we manage now number in the millions. Through them, our donors support numerous organizations and serve a variety of extraordinary causes. Our donors and funds all share a common purpose: to make the Wisconsin, Illinois Stateline region a better place to live, work and play.