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Northern Illinois Food Bank

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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs, Human Services

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

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have now been involved with the NIFB for over eight years. More specifically, I work for a Food Company that donates product to the NIFB and through that relationship, my wife and I have also been lucky enough to work with the Great Team that makes things happen at the Foodbank. The entire organization is filled with dedicated professionals who care so very much about what they do in a challenging environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for a company that partners with the Northern IL Foodbank regularly. They are a great place to volunteer at and truly make a big different in the lives of the people they servce. The teams that runs the foodbank are very warm and really beleive in what they are doing. It becomes contagious and I hope they continue to bless the lives of thousands in our area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Northern Illinois Food Bank is a first class organization that is "Making a Difference" each and every day. They help the Hungry in the communities they service. The Team spirit at NIFB is united. Volunteers help repeatly because the NIFB team educates the volunteers as well making the experience of voluntering FUN. I have been actively involved with the food bank during Hunger Action Month at Jewel Osco and many other programs. After working with NIFB and the team, I now believe that "Ending Hunger is not a Dream. It is a Possiblity"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the NIFB for many years and have really enjoyed seeing the growth of the organization. The volme's and #'s of the people who are served and helped has grown dramatically and is amazing !! Dennis and his TEAM are FABULOUS and truely exhibit the Mission of the NIFB!!! You guys are GREAT!!!!!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful program Mike Yore Sodexo

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Todd Shewchuk. I work for Wal-Mart. I am the Community Involvement Coordinator for the Waukegan Store. I got involved with the Food Bank for some personal reasons along with helping the less fortunate. This is a wonderful orginization to volunteer with. I love helping those in need, because with a contuning bad economy and with so many people out of work. People are turning to more non-profit agencies in record numbers. I love going to the food bank on wednesday nights and seeing the volunteers helping food pantries out along with helping those in need more. This teaches people that whether employed or not all of us need to do our part to help each other in times like this.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I started volunteering I learned so much about the work that the food banks do to help the people in need. Volunteers are the only way a food bank is able to process the millions of pounds of donated food to get it ready for the people in need. The work is highly rewarding and I have found that the food bank employees and the other volunteers are exceptionally hard working and very motivated individuals. I plan on continuing my volunteer work for as long as I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering in 1996. First once a month, then twice a month and now at least six time a month, acting as a team coordinator for food salvage. As a volunteer supervisor I act as a bridge between the volunteers and the staff. The staff is rather small for what is done and we supervisors bridge the gap between the staff and volunteers. Physical conditions are not always the greatest and they are aware of that ... it's gotten better over the years. Achieving consistency among the volunteer supervisors can be a problem at times.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered a few times at the food bank and had wonderful experiences each time. The staff is always friendly and take the time to make it clear to each volunteer how important his or her role is. We had a great time meeting other volunteers and sharing stories - it's amazing how great you feel after just a few hours of volunteering your time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered as an employee of the Chicago Trbune. We would devote time as a team to help with NIFB's efforts to solve hunger issues in the area outside of Cook County. The staff and volunteer coordinators were terrific, dedicated and inspired all of us to do more. I joined the Board of Directors duirng my tenure at the Tribune. And after moving on volunteered in new ways, including "The Art of Giving". This organization is the little engine that can. With the capital campaign at hand, now is an important time to give your time, donations, contributions. It is so worth it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering about 5 years ago. My youngest daughter wanted to do it and we had the opportunity to volunteer on behalf of the AT&T Pioneers (SBC at the time). What I thought would be a one time thing has turned into a regular event for me and my family. We now are not just volunteers. My wife, my daughter and I have become volunteer supervisors and I have been the AT&T coordinator for the past 2 + years. We always come away with a good feeling but when we look at all the food that still needs to be processed, we realize our work is far from complete. I remember having a discussion with one of the volunteers I was supervising. She was a stay at home wife and her husband was a manager for a Fortune 500 company with a high end home in Naperville. She told me how her husband lost his job and was unable to find a job. She had to go back to work to help with household expenses and her husband was forced to take a job with a considerably lower salary then his previous job. She had never thought about volunteering. As a matter of fact, it was the furthest thing from her mind…. until her family needed to turn to a food panty for assistance to make ends meet. That humbling experience changed her point of view. They are now back on their feet and she is committed to the fight to stop hunger. It also made me reflect on how lucky I am and it also made me realize that you never know what tomorrow may bring. The fight continues and I am proud to be a soldier in the war against hunger.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lisa Scott & staff were outstanding and very thorough with the orientation and assistance provided to PACF for the establishment of our partnership. NIFB is an agency who provides more than great food, they provide the resources and programming to assist with the development of other area agencies, who are giving for continued community development. We are looking forward to doing "GREAT" work in the Chicagoland community with NIFB!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The first time I was involved with The Northern Illinois Food Bank was with our Racing series. Heartland Drag Racing Association did a charity event "Race Away Hunger" to help raise finacial donations for the food bank. The secong time I have been able to help is with Walmart. I work at Plano store 1003 and Walmart is also sending in donations to NIFB. NIFB does and awesome job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love eating, so I really support NIFB's mission. I have been volunteering there for over 10 years, and have watched the operation grow, year over year, to meet the needs of hungry people in Illinois. They now have more volunteers, more food donors, more financial contributions, more food delivered to hungry people than ever before. And yet it is still both a fun place to volunteer and a trustworthy place to donate money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people who run this organization CARE! They work with limited resources and accomplish a trmendous feat. They find ways to do the impossible.