Unite to End Hunger
“Credit Unions are all about the food.” That’s a common sentiment you hear in many credit unions. Perhaps it is part of our caring nature that we like to share delicious food with each other. Now we are using our love of food to help people in our communities who face hunger every single day.
Did you know that 1 in 5 children are at risk of being hungry in northern Illinois?
In Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Kendall Counties there are over 98,000 people that are food-insecure, meaning they are without access to enough nutritious food to lead an active, healthy life. Nearly half of these people are children. There are 71,500 different people who visit Northern Illinois Food Bank food pantries each week. These people are our neighbors. Many are working and they simply don’t have enough resources to pay for their housing, transportation and food.
Cash Donations to Help Bring a Food Distribution Center to Will County
In 2016 The Northern Illinois Food Bank helped to support 55 Food Banks just in Will County and provided 9.5 million meals which is an astounding number until you realize that this was only 81% of the meals needed to feed those who are at risk. The Northern Illinois Food Bank is working to provide all of the 11,625,500 meals needed. Currently the closest facility is in Geneva. By opening a facility in Will County, the Northern Illinois Food Bank will be able to provide good nutritious food more efficiently to both the Will and Kankakee Counties. NuMark Credit Union has teamed up with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to help them secure and open a new South Suburban Center in Will County.
Unite to End Hunger Campaign
This an opportunity for credit unions to join forces and make great things happen. We have several events planned for 2017 to help collect money and non-perishable food items for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The more we work together the bigger impact we can make.