Northern Illinois Food Bank

Rating: 4.97 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services

Location: 273 Dearborn Court Geneva IL 60134 USA

Mission: Northern Illinois Food Bank is a non-profit organization that engages the community in a commitment to feed our hungry neighbors. Across 13 counties, food manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to our more than 600 network partners – the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than 60,000 different people each week. The food bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Lake County (North Suburban Center) and Loves Park (Northwest Center) and has an office in Joliet. Northern Illinois Food Bank serves the following counties: Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago. Our vision is for no one to be hungry in northern Illinois. Our mission is to lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.
Results: Check out our annual report with highlights of the past year and stories from our volunteers and community members: http://solvehungertoday.org/AboutUs/~/media/ILStCharles112/Files/PDF/AboutUs/FY12%20Annual%20Report.ashx
Target demographics: Hungry neighbors across northern Illinois
Geographic areas served: 13 northern Illinois counties: Boone, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will, and Winnebago
Programs: Food distribution; Child Nutrition; Holiday Meal Boxes; Senior Food Boxes; Food Recovery; Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) Outreach; Community Nutrition
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

One day while working at NIFB a distressed single mother phoned in desperately seeking milk and food for her children. Her spouse had not delivered her support and she had neither food nor money to feed her children with. She was frantic with the thought of her children going to bed hungry and she didn't know where to turn. The staff was able to imediately direct her to an agency who could compassionately assist her. Not only does NIFB aid in feeding hunger, but they also provide amazing support to the agencies, allowing compassionate support through people's most difficult hours. Bravo to them!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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4 people found this review helpful

Northern Illinois Food Bank is unfortunately the best kept secret around. Unfortunate that this organization's name is not a household term, as it really should be. No where else would you find such wonderful, caring, accountable people who give so much of themselves and more to feed people like you and I. There is no "average" for hungry people and it's times exactly like these economic times when NIFB shines the most. They have worked so diligently to feed the hungry during the not-so-challenging economic times, creating a strong foundation of volunteership and network of food pantries. Therefore when times get worse, like today, they are prepared and heroically jump in first to help everyone acquire food.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

answering phone calls of people in need and being able to give them direction to fulfill their basic need for food with the vast networks of pantries.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more commmercials on the radio and television. It's such a valuable and worthy organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the extremely large percentage of money that is allocated for the programs and given back to the communities it serves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspirational, hard working, and created a sense of community to fight against hunger.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

feed more people. Pure and simple.

Ways to make it better...

there were more available opportunities to get the information out in the public about organizations such as NIFB.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

awareness of the good they do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Dennis Smith is an angel for his tireless efforts he gives in the name of helping others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank for 8 years. It is great being able to work with churches and other organizations as well as individuals and families who want to help those in need. It is a priviledge to help out at a food bank where the staff is setting the trends that other food banks follow. I always look forward to my next visit.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is one of my favorite local charities. With one in six people in Illinois being food insecure, their work in distributing food is so important! Many people aren't aware that NIFB also has a positive effect on the environment. We use a tremendous amount of fresh water and energy resources in producing food, yet, as a society, we throw away almost half of what we produce. Of the nearly 35 million pounds of food distributed by NIFB last year, 2/3 of it otherwise would have been thrown away. By saving food, NIFB also saves resources. In addition to their great work, NIFB is a fun place to volunteer with a group. I had my birthday party there 2 years ago. My friends volunteered, then came over for a barbecue. Keep up the good work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've taken a great deal of interest in NIFB both through my church and through a class that I teach on energy and the environment. In church, I presented an object lesson for the kids in the congregation explaining NIFB's Backpack Program. In my class, I designed an assignment in which the students volunteer, then calculate how much fresh water they saved and how much greenhouse gas they prevented by saving food that otherwise would have been thrown away.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I support NIFB's plans for expansion to meet even more of the need in Illinois.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Got to know people in my volunteer group better

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Compassion for people who are struggling and a sense of accomplishment for helping.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

For the past 11 years I have been a volunteer at NIFB. You can find a cheerful bunch every day sorting and packing food to feed the tens of thousands of those in need in the NIFB area. This agency makes the best use of it's time, talent and treasure.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Thousands of Holiday Meal Boxes provided each year...this year alone there have been requests for over 30K boxes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Pretty perfect the way it is...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the honor of volunteering for NIFB for the past 6 years. I'm part of the M&M's (Monday morning group) . Most Monday mornings you'll find us sorting, processing and boxing up canned and dried goods. The items need to be checked for quality, cleaned and grouped into specific weighed boxes - which then go out to the agencies and pantries as needed. This was the 2010 Food Bank of the Year - an award they truly earned and deserved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The impact made from the efforts of the Northern Illinois Food Bank is incredible. The number of lives that are effected through the redistribution of food is simply staggering. It is hard to imagine that so many people are in need in the counties serviced by the NIFB.

Not many people realize the environmental impact that is a secondary benefit of feeding people in need. There are a lot of resources that go into the production of food: Water for irrigation, electricity for processing, fuel for distribution. If this food were to go unused, the resources used in its production would also go to waste. Recent reports show that it requires over 7000 liters of water to produce one pound of beef. In FY2010 the NIFB distributed over 870,000 pounds of beef. That saved 6 Trillion liters of water.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Assistance with documenting how much food is processed by each shift. (Did we process 100? 500? 1000? 20 lb boxes during our shift?) Knowing how many pounds of food were processed is a metric that immediately informs the volunteers of just how much their efforts contributed to the well being of the recipients.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It made me realize that by offering such a small portion of my time can have such a huge impact on those less fortunate than I. Through my wife's efforts, I learned of the huge environmental impact that saving this food from going to waste has.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel like I am making a more positive impact on society than any other activity I do outside of my regular employment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first volunteered at NIFB when a group of high school students from our church were going to work there on a Saturday morning six or seven years ago. I was impressed then, and still am, with the commitment to help the communities they serve feed those who are hungry. It has always been a positive, well-spent morning when we go to work. I am always glad to volunteer a little time for this great organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen my children become more committed to helping others who are less fortunate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get moved into their new building so they can be more effecient.

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11 people found this review helpful

Volunteering with NIFB during my year and a half of unemployment was one of the only bright spots. Their Volunteer Coordinators, Rachel and Tia, were amazing to work with, organized, and informative. The supervisors were always patient and appreciative. The other volunteers were a joy to be around. I felt a true commaraderie and sense of purpose. NIFB's existence is such an important one to the community and worthy of anyone's time or monetary commitment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the commaraderie, the sense of really doing something good for others, that volunteering at NIFB was well worthy of my time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fun, friendly and inviting, well organized and informed, had a true sense of their organization's purpose.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put food on everyone's table who are currently going hungry. They could feed Illinois.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Our group began volunteering a few months ago and we go every other week. Everyone at the NIFB is well receiving to any help and their level of focus and commitment to all of the various programs is admirable and inspiring. We are all humbled to be apart of the incredible impact NIFB is making in our local communities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the new ideas and possibilities that can come to life everyday.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I was looking to volunteer in the community when a friend mentioned Northern Illinois Food Bank. I was hooked from the 1st time. I now volunteer 2 times a month. I enjoy the time I spend volunteering. It is a wonderful thing that people can take time out of their busy lives/schedules to help others in need. It is during these hard time, that people need to pull togehter and help the less forturnate.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing my volunteering is making a difference in someone's life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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