In this ABC7 Chicago piece, “Chicago-area food banks report ‘dramatic increase’ in demand as many seek assistance for 1st time,” Julie Yurko, president and CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s, discuss the dramatic increase in need that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“So many folks are living in uncertainty and so many of our folks have been laid off or had their hours reduced,” said Julie Yurko, president and CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank. “So we are seeing the need grow dramatically.
“Every dollar given to the food bank, we are able to buy $8 worth of grocery to our neighbors,” Yurko said. “Even $5 allows us to get $40 worth of groceries to a hungry family
More than 10,000 boxes of food a week are being packed and shipped from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a GFF grantee.