Agricultural & Food Industry Donations

Thank you for your interest in donating food to Northern Illinois Food Bank. Last year, Northern Illinois Food Bank provided access to 65.5 million nutritious meals for hungry children, families and seniors in our communities. We can’t do it without your support!

Can food donations

Donations from Food Companies and Retailers

Donations of surplus food greatly benefit the Food Bank’s mission of feeding our hungry neighbors. In fact, donations make up 80 percent of the food Northern Illinois Food Bank distributed. Keeping surplus quality food out of waste streams and landfills benefits the donor, who may realize tax benefits for their generosity, as well as saving on disposal costs, while providing our hungry neighbors with the nutritional benefits of fresh produce, meat, dairy and deli items, shelf-stable and frozen foods.

We also welcome donations of bulk foods, such as cereal, beans, pasta and rice, which we repackage into family-sized bags in our state-of-the art bulk processing room. Personal care, health and beauty, household cleaning, and paper products are also in great need by the Food Bank.

In addition to tax benefits under the Food Provision in the Pension Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-280, Section 1202), all donors are protected by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donor Act of 1996. We appreciate every donation and send every donor a letter, which can be used for tax purposes, acknowledging their generous donation.

Although delivery or drop off a donation helps the Food Bank immensely, we will gladly pick up sizable donations at no charge. If you have a donation you would like to deliver to one of our three Centers, click here for locations and hours of operations.

If you are a food manufacturer, processor, wholesaler, distributor, or food broker interested in donating – or to find out more about our retail donation program – please contact Ian Steele, (630) 443-6910 ext. 140.


Agricultural Donations

Feeding people. It’s what farmers do, and it’s what we do at Northern Illinois Food Bank, too.
Members of the agricultural community can help our hungry neighbors in many ways, including by donating farm-fresh produce or a portion of their crop proceeds to the Food Bank.

We are raising awareness about the ways farmers can work with the Food Bank to solve hunger. Listen for our radio spot featuring agricultural broadcaster Max Armstrong, and look for our posters at local agribusinesses that provide information about how farmers can help, or download a poster to display at your business.
Fresh produce is often costly and difficult to obtain, but is vital to our efforts of increasing access to nutritious foods for hungry neighbors.

Monetary donations are always welcome and are needed to purchase food not received through donations, and to help with the operational expenses of delivering food to partner feeding programs that span a 7,000 square mile area.

Northern Illinois Food Bank is able to turn every $1 donated into $8 worth of groceries. If you are a farmer or agribusiness who is interested in getting involved, contact Ian Steele, or 630-443-6910 ext. 140.

Circle of Hope FY17 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017)


Platinum (>500,000 meals or donates weekly)

Gold (100,000 to 499,999 meals or donates monthly)

Associated Potato Growers
Aurora Organic Dairy
Bolke-Miller Company
BrightFarms, Inc.
Butterball, LLC
Clearwater Paper Corporation
DeGroot’s Vegetable Farms
Family Pantry
Feds Feed Families
Forgotten Harvest
Greco and Sons of Illinois
Gordon Food Service
Great Lakes Commissary
Get Fresh Produce, Inc.
Growing Initiative – Origer Farm
Hormel Foods Corporation
Icelandic Milk and Skyr Corporation
Joseph’s Marketplace
Karlin Foods Corporation
Kellogg Company
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Mindful Waste
Mondelez International
Nestle USA, Inc.
Niagara Bottling, LLC
Olive Theory Pizzeria
PepsiCo, Inc.
Post Consumer Brands
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
U.S. Foods, Inc.
The White Wave Company
Whirlybird Granola

Silver (25,000 to 99,999 meals or donates quarterly)

Alsum Farms & Produce
Bell-Carter Foods, Inc.
Basic American Foods
California Association of Food Banks
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Casestack, Inc.
Cott Corporation
CLEAResult – ComEd
Chiquita Brands, L.L.C.
The Clorox Company
Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
ConAgra Consolidated
Consolidated Distribution Corporation
C.R.England, Inc.
Cumberland Packing Corporation
Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Dart Container Corporation
Dean Foods
Eby-Brown, Inc.
Edwards Apple Orchard
Ferrara Candy Company
Forest Preserve District of Dupage County
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc.
Geneva Park District
Good Karma Foods, Inc.
Goya Foods, Inc.
Greater Lansing Food Bank
Greco and Sons
Growing Initiative – Hamilton Farm
Hain Celestial Group
Hampton Creek
Home Run Inn Frozen Foods
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Pork Producers Association
Illinois Sportsman Against Hunger
The Jel Sert Company
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
Kern’s Beverages, LLC
Klein’s Quality Produce
Land O’ Lakes, Inc.
Mountain Valley Spring Water Company
National Pasteurized Eggs, Inc.
New Era Produce
Nationwide Logistics
Nunda Garden
Oberweis Dairy, Inc.
OSI Industries, LLC
Outreach, Inc.
Pacific Coast Producers
Pampered Chef, Ltd.
Panera Bread Company
Performance Food Group
The Proctor & Gamble Company
Pushing the Envelope Farm
Rana USA, Inc.
Renpure, LLC
Rose Farm
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc.
Southern Corporate Packers
St. Charles Park District
Sullivan Farms
The Suter Company, Inc.
TH Foods, Inc.
United Stationers
USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
Walker Produce Company
Warrior Food Project
WEL Companies
Wiltse’s Farm Produce, LLC