Welcome to Feeding Illinois
Vision: A hunger-free Illinois.
Mission: To coordinate and support the efforts of its member food banks and their partners serving Illinois in their collective and collaborative efforts to provide access to a healthy and adequate food supply for our Illinois neighbors in need.
Purpose: Feeding Illinois is the association of eight Feeding America food banks that serve Illinois. Together, we provide food and other services to every county in Illinois through a vast network of member agencies and specialized feeding programs. One out of nine Illinois residents, including 1 in 6 children, struggle with hunger - which is staggering and unnecessary; and Feeding Illinois members play a critical role in responding to this need.
As the state association for food banks serving Illinois, we help unify strategies and pool resources to strengthen and support the food banks’ local efforts to eliminate hunger in Illinois. Through vast coordination and with relentless commitment, each food bank has identified the specific needs of their communities and has developed a comprehensive array of programs and services to combat food insecurity - both short-term and long-term. As 11% of Illinois residents awake every day uncertain of where or unable to access their next meal, Feeding Illinois members are working vigorously with a statewide network of more than 2,400 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other agencies to distribute or serve over 190 million meals annually to those 1.4 million hungry neighbors across our state.
Please Support Our Illinois Food Banks
The food banks serving all 102 counties and the rural, suburban, and urban communities across Illinois are facing challenges in distributing food to individuals and families safely in accordance with state and federal guidelines. In addition to these challenges, food banks have seen a significant increase in demand, with individuals waiting hours at food bank distribution sites. To continue to serve people as this crisis continues, we expect to need additional TEFAP food and administrative funding.
COVID-19 Efforts: Please click on the Covid-19 tab to learn how Feeding Illinois food banks and their agency networks are working and innovating to meet the unprecedented need in communities across the state to continue and expand services in maintaining our mission.