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Meet the Northern Illinois Food Bank

September 28, 2020

This year, The Little Traveler is donating a portion of proceeds from several products in our Holiday Catalog to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Learn more about them and why they're such an important part of our community.

Northern Illinois Food Bank, Illinois’s largest food bank by distribution and the food bank for the suburbs of Chicago, is a non-profit organization that has engaged the community in creating access to nutritious groceries for neighbors in need since 1983. Through its headquarters in Geneva, satellite centers, and its network of more than 900 member food pantries and feeding sites, the Food Bank exists to help provide every meal every day to every neighbor across 13 counties. Our neighbors in need face tough choices, such as choosing between putting food on the table or paying other bills and expenses. The groceries that neighbors receive through the Food Bank’s network can help alleviate those choices and lead to healthier communities in Northern Illinois.

In its Fiscal Year that ended June 30, the Food Bank distributed more than 80 million meals—a 16 percent increase from the prior year, and the equivalent of nearly 220,000 meals daily across its 13-county service area. During its initial COVID-19 response from March-June, the Food Bank distributed 30 million meals to meet the rising need across its service area. As many as 30-50% of neighbors accessing the Food Bank’s distributions during this time had never visited a food pantry or received charitable food before. The Food Bank expects the increased need to continue into the coming year or two as our neighbors recover from the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

There are many ways to get involved in the Food Bank’s mission and help support our neighbors during these unprecedented times—whether through volunteering, making a donation to support our increased operations, or following us on social media to help spread awareness about the issue of hunger here in our community—what you do matters and makes a difference for our neighbors! Help the Food Bank provide happy holidays for families in your community. Visit, or call (630) 443-6910 to learn how to get involved.

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