Not knowing how long we will need to endure the wrath of COVID-19 is overwhelming. We are only just beginning to see the breadth of impact this crisis is having both locally and globally. When we look to our own community here in the suburbs of Chicago, we see that thousands of people are already beginning to struggle financially due to this pandemic.
Our mission is to partner alongside people during their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Knowing that many families right here in our community may have to choose between feeding their families or paying their bills just doesn’t sit right with us. That’s why we are committing to do our part as a small business to give back to the community, and we’re inviting you to join us.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that goes above and beyond in demonstrating true servitude to our local families who need help.
What Is Their Impact?
“The Northern Illinois Foodbank is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than half a million people each year.” To assist hungry neighbors, they “provide food through a network of 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth and senior centers, and [by having] a number of other direct distribution programs.”
In response to COVID-19, The Northern Illinois Foodbank “has evaluated the level of disruption to [their] agency network and all of [their] direct distribution programs and developed alternative solutions to continue to serve our neighbors in the best possible way. [Their] plan for the next two weeks is to do the following:
Distribute 1,000 shelf-stable boxes of groceries to seniors through their Senior Box Program
Serve 700 households each week at the Winnebago Community Market with drive-thru pick-ups of a shelf-stable groceries
Provide 3,600 meals each day at 15 child sites
Distribute food through 20 mobile pantry distributions with a modified distribution to allow for minimal contact between neighbors and volunteers
Pack 2,500 28-pound shelf-stable emergency boxes at their Geneva facility for distribution to their food pantries or other sites in need of additional food
Continue their regular delivery of nutritious food to their agencies, of which the majority remain open at this time.
The impact that The Northern Illinois Food Bank makes is truly incredible. We too can help them in their effort to serve others.
How Can You Help?
There are three ways you can help us make a difference.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank’s impressive impact is made possible primarily by volunteers. They have a number of different roles and commitment levels. If you and your family are feeling a little stir-crazy from the shelter-in-place order, are feeling healthy, and want to make a difference, consider an afternoon outing to sort and pack food!
2. Donate Directly to The Northern Illinois Food Bank
For every $1 donated, they are able to provide $8 worth of groceries to one of our hungry neighbors.
3. Buy a Peter Rubi Snack Box
For the duration of this crisis, Peter Rubi pledges to donate $5 of every Snack Box purchased to The Northern Illinois Food Bank. That $5 donation will turn into the equivalent of $40 worth of groceries.
Your Peter Rubi Snack Box is filled to the brim with a selection of our favorite plant-based snacks that taste good and are good for you. They are clean, healthy snacks made with real ingredients to fuel your body.
Inside you will find:
Forest Gorilly Goods
Raspberry Lemon Bearded Brothers Bar
Salted Caramel Frooze Balls
Apple + Strawberry That’s It Bar
Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews from Lush
If we can reach our goal of $125 by April 30th, 2020, that will create $1,000 WORTH OF GROCERIES for OUR community!
We feel strongly about doing our part to prevent hunger and help families struggling financially due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Help us make a difference!