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!
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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 am an avid couponer and I love to know that goods I can buy for pennies on the dollar are being shared with those in need. I've been donating to NIFB for 4 years now, and at the end of each month, I gather some of the excess I've been lucky enough to buy and I'm always greeted with a smiling face and a helping hand.
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.
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.