- Brand Name – Hunger Resource Network
- Organization Address – 3025 Walters Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062
- Brochure – click here to download
- Organization Description
- Tagline – Alleviating Hunger
- 25 words: The mission of Hunger Resource Network is to aid in the alleviation of hunger by helping meet the needs of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
- 50 words: Hunger Resource Network aids in the alleviation of hunger by helping meet the needs of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. It does this by coordinating the procurement and distribution of food to those in need through community outreach events and through partnerships with vendors at local Farmers’ Markets.
- 100 words: Founded in April, 2009 and certified as a 501(c)(3) in July of that same year, Hunger Resource Network is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger. HRN does not serve individuals directly, but rather coordinates services through recipient agencies:
- In partnership with corporations who share a commitment to feed the hungry, HRN has purchased chicken, canned goods and grains at reduced prices and donated the food to over 50 organizations that serve hungry people in many communities.
- HRN has also formed partnerships with farmers and vendors at local Farmers’ Markets to collect and distribute donated produce for many of the same area agencies.
- Fast Facts
- HRN is an all volunteer organization
- HRN provides high quality protein and produce to recipient agencies at no cost to them
- HRN serves many agencies that are too small to be served by larger organizations
- The HRN network makes connections between those who have surplus food and those who need it
- HRN serves communities in an area from Lake County in the north to the south side of Chicago and west as far as the Fox Valley area
Hunger Resource Network grew out of a food rescue project at St. Giles Episcopal Church in Northbrook, IL, through which volunteers from St. Giles picked up food from Sunset Foods in Northbrook and distributed it to food pantries and soup kitchens in Evanston and on Chicago’s south side. Dan Jariabka was one of those volunteers and quickly realized that this small group was rescuing over 50,000 lbs. of food per year. Thinking that this concept could be franchised to other organizations, Dan and his fellow volunteers organized the Sunset Project, with a mission to see that no one was hungry at sunset.
The first order of business was to determine if there was a need for food rescue on a larger scale. To that end, they put together a database of soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters throughout Cook County and looked to the Episcopal Church to be the umbrella organization. It soon became apparent that not only was that arrangement not geographically feasible, but it also limited the reach of the Sunset Project. What Dan envisioned was a non-denominational network dedicated to the alleviation of hunger. His goal was both simple and far-reaching – to provide soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters a network for them to turn to when they have a need.
Since then, the organization has grown rapidly. Formerly known as The Hunger Project, Hunger Resource Network was registered as a not-for profit in June of 2009 and was approved as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS in July of 2009, 6 days after receiving HRN’s application. To date, Hunger Resource Network has distributed more than 1 million pounds of food, including the purchase and distribution of more than 300,000 pounds of high quality protein that has been given directly to our recipient agencies.
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Hunger Resource Network on Social Media
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hungerresourcenetwork
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