South Suburban Center

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Northern Illinois Food Bank has signed a lease on an 18,000 square foot facility on South Larkin Avenue in Joliet, which will serve 175 local programs and provide increased access to perishable foods and improved efficiencies in food distribution. The South Suburban Center will be housed in a former Cub Foods location owned by Harvest Bible Chapel. The property features dock access, existing refrigeration and freezer walls and convenient access to I-55 and I-80. The space will be configured to provide volunteer workspace to process food donations and offices for Food Bank staff. The new South Suburban Center will:

  • Serve Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Kendall counties
  • Distribute over 14 million meals annually to 175 feeding programs
  • Provide access to nutritious food to 80,000 neighbors facing hunger
  • Engage thousands of individual and group volunteers in our Southern region     |    Learn more about the South Suburban Center here.

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    South Suburban Center will provide more meals in our Southern counties

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    “Our food pantry is currently about an hour away from the nearest Food Bank facility, which can be a challenge to get fresh food in quickly. With the new Joliet facility, we’re just a few minutes away from healthy foods for our hungry neighbors,” said Dawn MacGregor, director of the St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Joliet, a Food Bank member agency. “We’re also excited that people in our community will be able to take an active role in volunteering at the nearby center.”


    “I’ve never been in this position before,” Diane (pictured left) says of her financial situation. She used to donate to hunger-relief organizations, and it’s tough to be on the other side of generosity now. “We would be going hungry without this,” she says.


    “Our South Suburban Center will help us better address the issue of hunger in some of our high-need counties – areas that were difficult to reach from our existing locations,” said Julie Yurko, CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank. “With this center, we’ll be able to better support our local agency partners with fresh produce, dairy items and other nutritious foods, as well as get these items to those in need more efficiently. We’ll be in a better position to solve hunger and serve our hungry neighbors every day.”

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    Serving Will, Grundy, Kankakee, and Kendall Counties

    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 65.5 million meals to those in need in FY17.

    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.

    Read more about the South Suburban Center here.


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    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
    ONEOK Inc.
    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