Northern Illinois Food Bank is celebrating the opening of our fourth distribution center in Joliet – a beautiful, 18,000 square-foot space that will enable us to better serve all our neighbors in need and our 175 agencies throughout Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee counties. This center also enables us to be a better community partner to YOU – the individuals, businesses and organizations who so graciously donate time, food and funds to solve hunger, and who have helped us make this center a reality.
These southern counties are some of the highest-need areas throughout Northern Illinois, with nearly 80,000 neighbors facing hunger everyday – more than half being children. We’re thrilled that this center will allow us to provide an estimated one million additional meals per year to these precious neighbors.
Much of the donated food Northern Illinois Food Bank distributes needs to be inspected, sorted and packaged before it’s distributed to our hungry neighbors. We simply could not do this without the help of volunteers. Last year, volunteers donated more than 136,000 hours of their time, the equivalent of 65 full-time employees.
Whether you can volunteer once a week, once a month or once a year; individually or with a group of friends, family or colleagues, whatever your commitment, every hour of assistance helps us ensure our hungry neighbors will have access to food in their time of need.
Learn more about volunteering at any of the Food Bank four Center locations – Joliet, Geneva, Rockford, and Park City.