Ways to Give


Ways to Give


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 Tomorrows 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

Gatherer $25,000-$49,999

The J. R. Albert Foundation
Helen Brach Foundation
Fred J. Brunner Foundation
Charlton Family Charitable Foundation
The Chilay Corporation
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Composites One
Crate & Barrel
Darden Restaurants Foundation
Dunham Fund
Flowers Communications Group
General Mills, Inc.
Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation
Russell & Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust
North Shore Exchange
Ortho Illinois
Gary and Nancy Penisten Family Foundation
Tate & Lyle Americas LLC
TJX Companies, Inc.
Willow Springs Foundation
Woodward, Inc.

Grower $10,000-$24,999

Accurate Color & Compounding, Inc.
Adam Don Foundation
ALDI, Inc.
Ameriprise Financial – Annual Giving Campaign
Astellas Pharma U.S. Inc.
The Alfred Bersted Foundation
Bimbo Bakeries USA
Carlin Group
CBS EcoMedia
Stephen and Carolyn Chase Family Fund
Church World Service
College of Lake County
The Community Foundation of Will County
The Cornwall Trust
Costco Wholesale
Damico Family Foundation
Dawn Foods Foundation
Diamond Rigging Corporation
Dr. Scholl Foundation
The Duchossois Group
DuPage Foundation
DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund of the DuPage Foundation
George M. Eisenberg Foundation for Charities
EFS Foundation
Elgin Township
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Fermata Charitable Foundation
Ferrara Candy Company Inc.
Fideliter Charities
Fifth Generation Inc.
First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
Andrew and Alice Fischer Charitable Trust
FONA International, Inc.
Full Circle Foundation
Robert E. Gallagher Charitable Trust
E & J Gallo Winery
Gallop Family Foundation
S. L. Gimbel Foundation
Gorter Family Foundation
Grand Kids Foundation
Graycor Services LLC
Hormel Foods Corporation
Ideal Industries Foundation
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Joy in Childhood Foundation
Jump Trading LLC
John P. Kavooras Charitable Trust
The Kelly Foundation
Kinney Electrical
The Kraft Heinz Company
George Kress Foundation
Kubota Engine America
Thomas J. & Kathleen M. Laird Family Foundation
Lee Family Foundation
Liquid Controls
Stanley and Lucy Lopata Charitable Foundation
Marty Family Charitable Fund
McHenry County Community Foundation
Harvey L. and Jan Miller
Nicor Gas
Northwestern Medicine
Omron Foundation, Inc.
Pampered Chef
Perishable Sales
Q Center
Red Nose Day Fund of Comic Relief USA
Soo Line West Railroad
Barbara Ann Steel Charitable Foundation
Target Corporation
That’s Caring
Trustmark Foundation
Union Pacific Foundation
United Way of Elgin
United Way of Will County
Wakerly Family Foundation
The Walt Disney Company
Woodforest Charitable Foundation
The Zeman Family Foundation
Zoomba Group

Circle of Hope FY19 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)

We are currently working on the 2020 Fiscal Year Annual Report. View our FY19 Annual Report and list of donors.