Northern Illinois Food Bank

First United Methodist Church of DeKalb

A northern Illinois church is bringing back its free monthly Sunday dinners after they were interrupted by the pandemic.  

Vicki Boone is a volunteer at First United Methodist Church of DeKalb. She said the "R.E.A.L meal sharing food and friendship" program is bigger than a handout.  

“It stands for -- I think what we hope all churches would be at their best -- relevant, engaging, authentic and loving,” she explained.

Boone emphasized that this is at the heart of what the establishment does.  

More Food Means More Storage Space

May 12, 2020
Northern Illinois Food Bank

Food pantries have become a resource for families who’ve experienced unexpected job loss due to COVID-19. Many of these pantries depend on donor support to help meet the needs of their clients. The DeKalb County Community Foundation recently gave the Northern Illinois Food Bank $9,867 to help it do that. 

Hester Bury is the food bank’s director of corporate and foundation giving.  She says many food pantries needed more storage during this time.

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A food pantry in Rockford is bringing a new attitude to the business of feeding people. The Winnebago Community Market held an open house Wednesday afternoon to show off their revamped space and reveal plans to expand services.


Free meals are available this summer for kids who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank will offer daily meals during the week at more than 120 sites in 13 counties across northern Illinois as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.  That includes DeKalb, Kane, McHenry and Ogle Counties.

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Area efforts to combat hunger are the focus of a concert this weekend at NIU. 

“Make Our Garden Grow” will feature NIU, high school and community choruses.  NIU Choral Director Eric Johnson is the man behind the event.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens asked him what he was hoping to accomplish.

A new study says 1 in 7 Americans are turning to food banks. The findings come in a national report that also breaks down regional numbers.

A regional food bank says a reduction in federal food assistance comes at the worst possible time for families struggling to get by.