Feeding Illinois is the state food bank association. We work with eight food banks that serve every county in Illinois through a vast network of partners. The number of those who are hungry in Illinois can be staggering, and Feeding Illinois members play a critical role in responding to this need. Over 1.4 million people in the state have been assisted by our network.

Fighting Hunger in Illinois

In 2011, the Feeding Illinois food bank network:

  • Distributed 120 million pounds of food through a network of 2,000 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
  • Served an estimated 1.4 million people in Illinois in 2011- a staggering 61% increase since the recession began.
  • Helped more than 2,600 people apply for SNAP benefits, bringing in an estimated $5.6 million in federal assistance.
  • Provided 2.9 million meals to children through after-school or summer programs, back-pack programs and Kids Cafes.
  • Participated in the creation of a statewide Commission to End Hunger that will create a two-year plan to address hunger in Illinois.

Use the links below to explore our network:

Learn more about the food banks serving Illinois.

See how a food bank operates.

Explore state and county hunger statistics.

Stay informed about our latest advocacy efforts.

Follow our blog for Feeding Illinois news


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