Contact: Elizabeth Gartman, Communications Manager,, 630-443-6910 ext. 142

Stateline Community Foundation funds Food Bank BackPack Program for second consecutive year

(GENEVA, Ill., August 8, 2018) – Northern Illinois Food Bank recently received a $2,500 grant from the Stateline Community Foundation to support its BackPack Program in the Roscoe and South Beloit communities. The goal of the BackPack Program is to alleviate weekend hunger for children so they can concentrate on the educational and recreational opportunities available to them in their communities. The nutritious food provided by this program assists families in guiding their children’s physical, intellectual, and emotional development.

42 children at risk of hunger at at eight area schools (Blackhawk Junior High, Clark, Riverview, South Beloit High School, Kinnikinnick, Stone Creek, Roscoe Middle and Ledgewood schools) receive weekly backpacks of food to ensure they do not go hungry over the weekend. The BackPack Program provides foods from all five food groups that are both shelf-stable and child-friendly. Every week, volunteers pack bags of shelf-stable 1% milk, whole grain cereal, pasta or rice, canned fruits and vegetables, and protein items like legumes, canned tuna or chicken for school partners to insert into reusable wheeled backpacks. Food Bank drivers deliver food to participating schools each week and children take home the backpacks on the weekend and bring them back to school on Mondays to be refilled for the following week.

The Food Bank’s BackPack Program partners with 29 schools across Winnebago county, providing more than 200 backpacks of food each week to children in need. Additionally, the Food Bank provides after-school meals and snacks for more than 2,500 children each day in the Rockford area through 38 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 39,000 Winnebago County residents (13.5%) are food insecure, including more than 14,000 children (20%).

To learn more about Northern Illinois Food Bank and how to get involved in our mission of solving hunger, please visit, or call (630) 443-6910.

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 half a million hungry neighbors every year across 13 counties. That commitment provided nearly 66 million meals to those in need in FY18. 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.