Northern Illinois Food Bank

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Free meals are available this summer for kids who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank will offer daily meals during the week at more than 120 sites in 13 counties across northern Illinois as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.  That includes DeKalb, Kane, McHenry and Ogle Counties.

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

Area efforts to combat hunger are the focus of a concert this weekend at NIU. 

“Make Our Garden Grow” will feature NIU, high school and community choruses.  NIU Choral Director Eric Johnson is the man behind the event.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens asked him what he was hoping to accomplish.

A new study says 1 in 7 Americans are turning to food banks. The findings come in a national report that also breaks down regional numbers.

A regional food bank says a reduction in federal food assistance comes at the worst possible time for families struggling to get by.