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Review for Northern Illinois Food Bank, Geneva, IL, USA

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?


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


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


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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.

Role:  Volunteer & Processed/Separated/Boxed meat.