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

Stateline Community Foundation supports SoBo School Pantry

(GENEVA, Ill., Sept. 5, 2019) – Northern Illinois Food Bank recently received a $3,000 grant from the Stateline Community Foundation to support the SoBo School Pantry located at Blackhawk Elementary School in South Beloit. The food pantry is open twice a month to all families in South Beloit CUSD 320, when school is in session. Families are able to pick up fresh produce, meats, fresh milk, eggs, bread and pastries and nutritious non-perishables to take home to make healthy meals. The pantry is managed by three social workers and volunteers include staff from the school district. The Food Bank has 12 school pantries across its 13-county service area.

Food insecurity is a condition that challenges families to access enough nutritious food to nourish their bodies and minds. Children facing food insecurity are unable to concentrate at school due to hunger, and their growth, development, and learning can be negatively impacted by chronic hunger. Parental stress related to food insecurity can impact the home environment, compounding the challenges. By providing food assistance within the familiar setting of the local school, school pantries make nutritious food available in an accessible location. Further, the connections that can be forged among those receiving assistance and school staff can help to build the school community and create a culture of trust and care.

A school nurse at the South Beloit school district reported that before the SoBo school pantry opened, she frequently had students visiting her office complaining of stomach aches. Once SoBo School Pantry opened, hunger pangs became less frequent in the school. The School Pantry program nurtures family health and community.

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 more than 900 community food pantries and feeding programs serving more than half a million hungry neighbors every year across 13 counties. That commitment provided nearly 69.1 million meals to those in need in FY19. 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.