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Chicago area food bank gets big holiday gift

A Chicago area food bank got a $56,000 boost from local groups this holiday season.

Northern Illinois Food Bank took in $56,000 in contributions to help get food to people in need. Carquest made a  $14,000 donation and  the the Will County Community Foundation kicked in $40,000 to support the BackPack Program, which provides children who are at risk of chronic hunger with a backpack of nutritious food for weekends and holiday breaks when other food sources are limited.

“Our hungry neighbors greatly appreciate the support of these two groups. This year we are on track to distribute 36 million pounds of food compared to last year’s 27 million. Without the aid we get from organizations like these, and others, we would not be able to address the 35% increase in people seeking food assistance,” says NIFB President and C.E.O. H. Dennis Smith.

“The Will County Community Foundation is pleased to make a grant to the Northern Illinois Food Bank for the BackPack Program at Parks Cultural Studies Academy in Joliet. This is the type of community collaborative effort the foundation looks upon to support where many partners come together to help those in our community who are truly in need,” says Sandor Brattstrom, Executive Director of the Will County Community Foundation.

“CARQUEST Auto Parts stores and WORLDPAC have a large presence in the communities that NIFB serves and felt this was a great way to give something back by assisting families in times of need where most of our teammates live and work. We are honored and fortunate to have many teammates that support the CARQUEST Charitable Foundation to provide the funds for the donation to be made to NIFB,” says Jeff Fletcher, CARQUEST Director of Distribution Center Operations.

Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) is a non-profit organization that provides food through its 520 partner agencies in the following 13 counties - Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago. NIFB acquires, gathers, handles, and distributes donated, government, and purchased food to more than 50,000 different people each week through local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth activity centers and other food assistance sites. In Fiscal Year 2009 NIFB distributed over 27 million pounds of food. The Food Bank has recently launched a Capital Campaign to build a new Food Distribution and Community Nutrition Center to handle more food more efficiently to meet the increasing demand.

 

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