Northern Illinois Food Bankreceives $8,950 donation from WCF.

Northern Illinois Food Bankreceives $8,950 donation from WCF.

Photo Caption:Presenting a donation of $8,950 to Hester Bury, Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving is Mike White, Senior Vice President, Woodforest National Bank; Boyd Nelson, Regional Manager, Woodforest National Bank; Kim Marling, Executive Director & Vice President, Woodforest Charitable Foundation; Jeremy Horton, Assistant Director, Woodforest Charitable Foundation; with area Woodforest National Bank Mangers.

GENEVA, IL – Woodforest Charitable Foundation makes an $8,950 donation to Northern Illinois Food Bank.

The mission of the Food Bank is to provide nutritious food to those in need through over 600 partner agencies in the following 13 counties - Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago. These partner agencies then distribute the food to hungry men, women and children in their neighborhoods. In addition, the Food Bank’s mobile pantry distributes food directly to hungry neighbors in areas of high need.

58% of the food Northern Illinois Food Bank distributes is acquired through donations from wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, food drives and Feeding America. Food is also purchased to ensure there is a consistent supply of nutritious core foods available to the clients.

“Whether you’ve helped us sort food at one of our Centers, worked with our network partners, held a food drive, or given food or funding to support our program, you are a critical part of our community, and I am so very grateful for your support,” said Pete Schaefer, President & CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank.

The Food Bank offers three major feeding programs for children its service area. In 2011, nearly 1,400 boys and girls took home a backpack each Friday during the school year filled with two-day’s worth of nutritious food for themselves and up to two additional family members. More than 487,000 snacks and suppers were provided to approximately 4,500 children through their after-school program.  The summer nutrition program served over 181,000 breakfasts, lunches, snacks and suppers to ensure children had enough to eat when school was not in session.

“Your generous donation will support our Backpack Program bringing nutritious food to low-income children on weekends when they are at risk of hunger. Thank you again for your support of our mission to feed our hungry neighbors,” said Schaefer.

For more information on Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s contributions to this organization, please contact this agency directly at 630-443-6910 or visit

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c) (3) charities. For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the foundation’s website at .

Celebrating 32 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.7 billion and services more than 1 million customers with branches in excess of 780 throughout 17 states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at