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Every year, the Northern Illinois Food bank provides meals for more than 600,000 people, including children, the elderly, and the disabled. It started in 1982 as the mission of Sister Rosemarie Burian, who wanted to help feed her hungry neighbors. Over the years, the idea and the mission expanded to serving 71,500 hungry neighbors each week across a 13-county operation with innovative programs like mobile pantries that distribute perishable goods, weekend backpacks that make certain kids have nutritious food even when they aren't at school, and delivery services for home-bound seniors.
This commitment provided 62.5 million meals to those in need in the 2016 fiscal year, including the one in five children who face hunger in regional communities. Through partnerships with food manufacturers and retailers, corporate foundations, and other nonprofits, the food bank hopes to expand its reach even further to ensure no one in Northern Illinois has to go hungry. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, and has been recognized by Charity Navigator as a Four-Star charity since 2003. For more information about how to volunteer and get involved, visit SolveHungerToday.org or the food bank on Facebook or Twitter.