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Cindy and John Sheely

Cindy and John

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.

He was so moved by the experience that he and Cindy began serving hungry people together through their church. A group of five to 10 church members would volunteer at our facility to prepare food for distribution to our network of partner agencies. Now John and Cindy donate their time to the food pantry at their church.

In addition to volunteering, John and Cindy are long-time financial supporters of the Food Bank. One of their favorite ways to raise money is through their annual Christmas party. Each holiday season, they encourage guests to make a donation to one of a few charities — including Northern Illinois Food Bank — in lieu of a gift.

Because they care so much about our neighbors who struggle with hunger, about five years ago, John and Cindy decided to remember Northern Illinois Food Bank when updating their will. The couple says they wanted to ensure their commitment to helping those in need of food would continue well into the future.

John and Cindy found the process of making a charitable bequest to be quite simple — and they're glad they made the effort to do so.

"You have to help your fellow person," Cindy says, explaining her reason for giving. "Any of us could end up in difficult circumstances."

John adds that fairness plays a role in his desire to help.

"There are people who have worked as hard as we have, but don't have the resource to put food on the table," John says.

Thank you, John and Cindy, for choosing to support Northern Illinois Food Bank. As we continue to make progress toward solving hunger, your generosity will help provide thousands of children, families and seniors access to the food they need to thrive.

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