Ways to Donate Funds


Ways to donate money


For every $1 donated, Northern Illinois Food Bank provides $8 worth of groceries to a neighbor in need. Every donation makes a real difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors.

Below are various ways you can contribute to the Food Bank and help us feed more hungry neighbors. 

Serving Hope Monthly Giving Club

Please consider becoming a member of our monthly giving club, Serving Hope.  Knowing we can count on your gifts allows the food bank to plan ahead ensuring our hungry neighbors can depend on us whenever they need food.


Matching Gifts


Donate Stock

Gifts of stocks and securities are an easy and great way to make an impact for our hungry neighbors. We accept donations of stock by transfer via the Depository Trust Company (DTC).

To ensure a smooth transfer of your stock, please contact your broker and advise them of your intent to donate stock to the Northern Illinois Food Bank Giving Account at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Please have your broker contact Gina Gramarosso at 630.443.6910 ext. 130 for DTC and account information. We do not receive donor information from our broker, so in order for us to properly acknowledge your gift, please notify Gina when you make the transfer.

Please note: As of July 2017 Northern Illinois Food Bank has a new account which to receive stock donations. If you have previously made stock donations please contact Gina Gramarosso to ensure you have the updated account information before requesting your broker to make the transfer.

What is a donor-advised fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) provides donors with a centralized charitable giving vehicle. It allows philanthropically inclined individuals, families, and corporations to make an irrevocable charitable gift to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program and take an immediate tax deduction. Most sponsoring organizations of DAFs accept cash equivalents, securities, and certain other assets.


Support & Shop

The Food Bank is fortunate to partner with many local and national organizations to raise awareness and funds for our neighbors in need. View our current partnerships and promotions that help solve hunger when considering your shopping options. You can also find more information about starting your own opportunity to give back.


Northern Illinois Food Bank Tomorrow's Harvest

Create a Legacy of Hope

Tomorrow’s Harvest is Northern Illinois Food Bank’s legacy society. By joining Tomorrow’s Harvest, your gift creates a legacy of hope to ensure that tomorrow’s families in need will not go hungry.  A planned gift can be especially meaningful because it provides long-term support that strengthens our ability to feed hungry neighbors.

If you have already designated a planned gift for Northern Illinois Food Bank, please complete our commitment form and return it to the Food Bank. Tomorrow’s Harvest members will be listed in the Food Bank annual report. Please visit planmylegacy.solvehungertoday.org for more detailed information or contact Gina Gramarosso or 630-443-6910 ext. 130.

Circle of Hope Northern Illinois food bank
The Circle of Hope is a group of dedicated individuals committed to providing the financial leadership needed solve hunger in northern Illinois.  With their support, Northern Illinois Food Bank is able to provide nutritious food to more than 60,000 people each week – helping residents who have difficulty meeting their most basic needs. Circle of Hope membership runs from July 1 to June 30 and is renewable annually. For more information or to confirm your membership please contact Maeven Sipes or 630.443.6910 ext. 116.

Individual Supporters Benefits

In honor of the generosity and dedication of Circle of Hope members, we offer five levels of appreciation for individual supporters:

Planter $1,000 – $2,499 
• Recognition in Annual Report and on Circle of Hope donor wall
• Subscription to Northern Illinois Food Bank’s The Full Plate newsletter
• Invitations to social and fundraising events sponsored by the Food Bank
• Invitation to unique Friends and Family Volunteer Days

Grower $2,500 – $4,999
• All benefits of Planter level plus:
• A tour of a food pantry, soup kitchen or mobile pantry site

Gatherer $5,000 – $9,999

• All benefits of Grower level plus:
• Invitation to exclusive Gatherer’s Breakfast with Food Bank President and CEO

Harvester $10,000 – $24,999
• All benefits of Gatherer level plus:
• Premiere recognition in Annual Report and on Circle of Hope donor wall
• Opportunity to “ride-along” in a Food Bank truck for a day

Nourisher $25,000+
• All benefits of Harvester level plus:
• Two complimentary tickets to Food Bank’s signature events, A Taste That Matters or Stars and Cars

Nourisher $25,000-$49,999


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Samuel and Chia Huei Amdur
Stacey and Dennis Barsema
Jeff Bezos
Joseph and Carol Breskovich
Nate Carden and Beth Woods
Doris Christopher
Dorn Marketing
Doug and Kim Eckrote and family
John and Laurie Gillies
Mark and Rebecca Graf
Harbaugh Family Fund of the DuPage Foundation
Theresa, Jerry, Thea, and Grace Hinck
Mark and Maureen Miller
Nancy and Andrew Mills
Joan Moore
Dick and Cindy Morehead
Jerry and Ann Nerad
Paul and Mary Neustadt
The Neal and Lois Oppenheimer Fund of InFaith Community Foundation
Julie and Chuck Parsons
Bruce and Deborah Pfaff
The Shebik Family
Donald and Kay Thorp
Michael and Linda Walt
Marla Willey


Harvester $10,000-$24,999

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Larry and Cynthia Allen
Evelyn Alter
Corey and Charlene Berends
Charlene Bettag
Paul and MaryEllen Bielat
Mary Kathryn Black
Mary Ann Borgman
Court and Kirstin Carruthers
Michael Cohen, Benjamin Cohen, Raymond James, Inc.
Erin G. Connell Memorial Fund
Nancy Crowe and Andy Eichfeld
Elizabeth Crown and Bill Wallace
Joe and Lorraine Degidio
Steven and Shirley Dehmlow
Marlene Delaney
Robert C. Douglas, II
Timothy Drexler and Terri Williams
Joyce Faulkner
Brian and Michelle Flynn
Vincent and Patricia Foglia
Michael and Emily Foley
Robert Franco and Joanne Powell
Harry and Penny Fruechte
Karen Golden and Lee Gunter
Larry and Susan Gundrum
Jerry Hansen
John and Nancy Hartung
Thomas and Tricia Hentschel
Joan Kelley
Deedra and Steven Korwin
Ralph Kreissler
Thomas and Nancy Kuhl
Brian and Carla Lampsa
Sidney and Madeline Levin
Joe Lubich
Judie Marinelli
Matthew Matias and Tami Pilot-Matias
Karen and Robert May
Sandeep Mehta and Rashmi Chugh
Harvey L. and Jan Miller
Frances Myers
Boyd Nelson
Troy and Kimberly Oder
Joseph Perilongo
Carol and Steve Peterson
Theresa Pevitts
James and Judith Reid-Anderson
Sarah and Dale Richardson
Marianne and Stanton Schultz
Edward and Karen Sepke
Glenn and Shantel Shimkus
Howard and Martha Simpson
Cheng Soong and Juanita T. Soong Fund
Robert Stephen
Benjamin Stephens
Raleigh and Kathleen Sutton
Bhaskaran Swaminathan
Priscilla Swanson
Jane Walsh
Thomas Warren and Friends
Kenneth and Paula Weissman
The Wish Tree Fund

View our FY21 Annual Report and list of donors.