Why Advocacy Matters

Food insecurity is a complex and multi-faceted issue that requires a multipronged approach. While Northern Illinois Food Bank works to meet the immediate symptom of food insecurity – hunger – through our network of food pantries, soup kitchens and meal sites, we also collaborate with national, state and local partners to address the root causes of food insecurity, lift our neighbors up, and build healthy communities. An important aspect of this work is advocating for policies that can decrease the existence of food insecurity and strengthen our communities.

Along with the non-profit, charitable food assistance network – of which the Food Bank is a part of – federal and state nutrition programs are an integral part of solving hunger. Due to these multiple approaches and programs working in concert with each other, Northern Illinois Food Bank plays an important role in educating the public and our elected officials on the realities facing the neighbors we serve.

By participating in key legislation discussions and advocating for food security policies, we are able to give a voice to not only our organization, but to our agencies and, ultimately, our neighbors. What we say and do can be the difference between having a meal on the table or not for families in Northern Illinois.

Our Advocacy Mission

In order to solve hunger in our service area, Northern Illinois Food Bank works with national, state and local partners to advocate for administrative and legislative policies that strengthen our communities and decrease instances of food insecurity.

Our Priorities

Advocacy Agenda:

Our 2021 Advocacy Agenda contains our topline advocacy priorities for the calendar year. We use this agenda to guide our actions, focus our policy priorities, and build strong relationships with elected officials and organizations in our community.

Policy Areas:

There are many legislative issues that impact hunger. Some of our top-line policy areas that impact our neighbors, our agencies, and our Food Bank include:

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Child Nutrition
    • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)


Use Your Voice

The number one way to join us in our advocacy efforts is by signing up for our Advocacy Alerts. These alerts will keep you up-to-date on our advocacy work, notify you when there are action steps you can take, and ultimately put us one step closer to solving hunger in our community. Check out our past alerts here, and sign up now to receive future advocacy alerts:

Here are some other important steps you can take to help make sure no one in our community goes hungry: