Food Bank looks to ‘Refresh Everything’ through Pepsi initiative

From press release

ST. CHARLES, Ill.—You may have seen the commercials, and now Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) needs the support of the community in their quest to win $50,000 in funding through the Pepsi “Refresh Everything” initiative.

Through June 30, individuals can register by following the link It only takes a couple of minutes to register, and individuals can vote daily. NIFB, recently recognized nationally as the 2010 Food Bank of the Year by Feeding America, needs your help.

NIFB President and CEO H. Dennis Smith said: “We understand that many people who would like to help support the Food Bank financially simply do not have the funds to do so at this time. This initiative by Pepsi gives everyone the chance to make a difference with the simple click of a button. We have always strived to spend every dollar judiciously, and this will be no exception. For the last six years, NIFB has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a charity watchdog, thanks to our fiscal responsibility. Only 2 percent of charities nationwide have such a high track record for accountable spending of funds.”

The $50,000 will be used to help fund the construction of a new Food Distribution and Community Nutrition Center in Geneva, Ill., set to break ground this summer. The current facility in St. Charles can no longer support the growth of the organization. Over the last 18 months, demand has skyrocketed because of the sluggish economy and high unemployment. To counter this increased demand, the Food Bank will distribute more than 35 million pounds this year. With the new facility, NIFB will have the capability to distribute 60 million pounds of food—and beyond—annually.

NIFB is an Illinois not-for-profit organization that provides food to all those in need through its 520 partner agencies in the following 13 counties: Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago. NIFB was named 2010 Food Bank of the Year by Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks.

NIFB acquires, gathers, handles, and distributes donated, government and purchased food to more than 61,600 different people each week through local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth activity centers and other food assistance sites. In Fiscal Year 2009, NIFB distributed more than 27 million pounds of food and is on pace to distribute 35-plus million pounds this year.

The Food Bank has recently launched a Capital Campaign to build a new Food Distribution and Community Nutrition Center to enable them to handle more food more efficiently to meet the increasing demand.

From the June 9-15, 2010 issue

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