South Suburban Center

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.

Volunteer at the South Suburban Center

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.


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Exterior of the South Suburban Center

Special thanks to these generous donors for helping us open the South Suburban Center:
Aileen S Andrew Foundation
Anonymous (2)
Armstrong Foundation
Bob’s Discount Furntiture
Caesars Foundation / Harrah’s Joliet
CenterPoint Properties Trust
Channahan Township Supervisor
Charlton Family Charitable Foundation
Community Foundation of Grundy County
CSX Transportation
Dawn Foods
Stephen and Shirley Dehmlow
Dot Foods, Inc.
DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Feece Oil Company
First Midwest Bank
Food 4 Less
Jerry Hansen
Harry and Marie Hostetler
Carol and David Hurrle
Martha Johnson
Lynn & George Jones
J-Power Group
Shelley Kuehneman
Donna and Thomas Lake
Leeco Steel
Lincolnshire Properties, Inc.
Lockport Township
M&M Bank
Manteno Township
McCormick Foundation Challenge Grant
Menasha Corporate Foundation
Ozinga Bros., Inc
Robert and Marcia Permut
Daniel and Louise Porcaro
Pro Patch Systems, Inc.
Dale and Sarah Richardson
Maeven and David Sipes
Spesia & Ayers
The Christopher Family Foundation
The Community Foundation of Will County
The Fred and Maria Schaffer Charitable Fund
The Grainger Foundation
The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation
The Private Bank
TransCanada Pipeline USA, Ltd.
Katherine and Joseph Triolo
Union Pacific Foundation
Brent and Jean Wadsworth
Wakerly Family Foundation
Joseph and Cynthia White
Will County CDBG
Richard Woodruff and Joanne Barnes
Julie and Edward Yurko