Northern Illinois Food Bank Opens Community Nutrition and Food Distribution Center Designed to Meet Growing Hunger Needs

Sep 23, 2011, 09:33 ET from Northern Illinois Food Bank

GENEVA, Ill., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Northern Illinois Food Bank:

WHAT: Northern Illinois Food Bank officially opens its new Community Nutrition and Food Distribution Center, a custom-designed Center built to more effectively meet the needs of the growing number of hungry people in Northern Illinois.  

WHO: Illinois Senator (and food bank volunteer) John Millner (28th District);
Juanita Martinez, Wayne Township Food Pantry, director of general assistance;
Dan Adzia, Northern Illinois Food Bank board chair;
Pete Schaefer, president and CEO, Northern Illinois Food Bank;
Geneva Mayor Kevin R. Burns
and more than 100 community residents and local dignitaries.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2011

WHERE: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, Ill.  

*Please note: Directions/map available at  Dearborn Court is located off Averill Road in Geneva. Take Kirk Road to Averill. Turn East to Dearborn Court. Please use if searching for directions online. Dearborn Court does not appear on other mapping programs.

WHY:  The number of hungry people is at its highest level in 50 years. Nearly one in four northern Illinois children live in households having difficulty meeting basic food needs. A 2010 study indicated that Northern Illinois Food Bank provides food to more than 60,000 people per week. Since then, need has grown as much as 50 percent.

The new Center:

  • Triples the freezer capacity
  • Provides a dual-control refrigerator to keep dairy and produce at appropriate temperatures to prolong freshness
  • Doubles the dry storage capacity
  • Increases dock space, improves logistical efficiencies
  • Is designed to provide the equivalent of up to 4 million meals per month


  • Speakers
  • Food pantry client Deborah Smith, mother of two
  • Photos/film of new facility

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a 501(c)3 organization, acquires and distributes donated, government, and purchased food through a network of more than 600 partner agencies – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and child and senior programs, across 13 Illinois counties (Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago). In FY11 Northern Illinois Food Bank provided 34.8 million pounds, the equivalent of 29 million meals, to hungry people.

SOURCE Northern Illinois Food Bank