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Northern Illinois Food Bank
November 22, 2011

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!

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

More feedback

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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Packed food for distribution; represented NIFB by volunteering for Tri-Cities CROP Hunger Walk.