Northern Illinois Food Bank receives grants from Walmart Foundation

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Ill. — Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) recently received a $150,000 contribution to support the agency’s transportation needs through the purchase of a refrigerated truck and six assorted pallet jacks.

The grant — which was given to the nonprofit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program — will allow the Food Bank to deliver more meals to those in need in their 13-county radius.

NIFB provides food to more than 60,000 people each week across 13 counties through innovative programs and a network of 800 partner food pantries and feeding programs. Last year, the Food Bank provided the equivalent of 42 million meals to those in need.

We are incredibly grateful to Walmart for choosing Northern Illinois Food Bank as a recipient of this generous grant,” said Julie Yurko, president and CEO, NIFB. “With the substantial funding from this grant we will be able to purchase equipment that makes it possible to deliver more meals to our hungry neighbors in the 13 counties we serve.”

Dan Ketcham, Walmart’s area market manager, presented the grant to Steve Ericson of NIFB during a check presentation and volunteer event with Walmart associates at the Food Bank’s Loves Park facility.

The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to support the Northern Illinois Food Bank and is committed to help those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Ketcham. “Through this grant, we hope more people will not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”

The contribution to NIFB was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Illinois State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

In Illinois in 2013, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $35.6 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations.

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.

Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at

From the July 16-22, 2014, issue

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