Leaving a Legacy of Hope
Friends like you have the power to share hope in our community today, tomorrow, and long into the future. We'd like to share just a few stories of our most devoted supporters who joined our Tomorrow's Harvest society when they decided to donate a percentage of their estate to providing meals to kids, families, and seniors here in Northern Illinois for years to come. The Food Bank couldn't do what we do without your generosity, for which we are deeply grateful.
Kevin Beyer and Lisa Gades are extraordinarily busy. Between their work at Argonne National Laboratory, the classes they teach at Benedictine University, and the two kittens they recently began fostering, there is little downtime in their day-to-day schedules. Read More
Recently, Marianne—a valued member of our Food Bank family for more than ten years and trusted CDL driver—shared an inspiring story about her late brother-in-law, Jeffery Frohlich. Read More
"I knew there was a need, but I didn't realize how much of a need there really is," says Sandy Jensen. Sandy and her husband, Roger, have been dedicated Food Bank volunteers since the late '90s. Read More
John Sheely, a former telecommunications professional, and his wife, Cindy, a retired special education teacher, joined the fight against hunger several years ago. John first got involved at a work-sponsored volunteer day at Northern Illinois Food Bank. Read More
"It's a joyful event to give," Elliot Rothschild says. He and his wife, Barbara, have been giving to Northern Illinois Food Bank for nearly a decade. The couple shares their resources with several worthy charities, but Barbara says she feels compelled to support the Food Bank because she believes that people have to take care of one another when we're able. Read More
"We were on the edge, too," Earl Harbaugh says, remembering growing up in a rural area of Pennsylvania. "Everybody helps everybody in a farming community." He and his wife, Kay, have brought that philosophy of caring to their own community here in Northern Illinois. The couple moved here more than 40 years ago, and now their family owns and operates several construction equipment businesses in the area. Read More
Dr. Tim Morris is passionate about solving hunger. In addition to supporting the Food Bank's work financially, he gives his time at Mobile Pantry distributions, volunteers at our Geneva center, and educates others about hunger. As a professor of philosophy at North Central College in Naperville, a position he held for nearly four decades, Dr. Morris and another professor teamed up to instruct students on the ethics and economics of food and water. He's knowledgeable about food insecurity issues in the U.S. and around the world. Read More
Northern Illinois Food Bank is humbled and honored to have received an unexpected gift from Ruth E. Bruch. Ruth passed away last fall, leaving $25,000 from her estate to the Food Bank. Ruth had been an annual donor to the Food Bank since 2003. Ruth's husband, John Gigerich, said she left money to many important causes through her estate. He said they both lived by the same thought: For those who have much, much is expected. Read More
Leave a legacy of hope
Donors who choose to leave even 1 percent of their estate to the Food Bank can drastically change lives for the better in the process. You can make a lasting impact in just three easy steps:
STEP 1: Decide how you’d like to give.
STEP 2: Schedule time to chat with your attorney.
STEP 3: Become a member of Tomorrow’s Harvest by notifying us of your gift.
For more information, please contact Gina Gramarosso, Director of Strategic and Legacy Gifts, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-443-6910, ext. 130.