Northern Illinois Food Bank's 25th annual Hunger Scramble Golf Outing raises over $150,000 for hunger relief

Northern Illinois Food Bank's 25th annual Northern Illinois Food Bank Hunger Scramble, presented by Old Second National Bank, drew more than 220 golfers and raised over $150,000 for hunger relief in Northern Illinois.

This year, the Food Bank's signature fundraiser was held at a new location, White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville. Participants enjoyed a fun outdoor scramble-style round of golf with on-course tastings, giveaways and fun games on a beautiful course.

Golfers experienced live scoring via Golf Genius, and closest to the pin and longest drive contests using Toptracer. Immediately following the round, golfers enjoyed the 19th Green with lunch served by Hell's BBQ (as featured on Food Network's America's Best Restaurants), open bar, silent auction and raffle prizes.

Over the past 40 years, Northern Illinois Food Bank has remained focused on solving hunger and empowering neighbors. Proceeds from the highly anticipated golf outing will benefit the Food Bank's network of 900 food pantries, soup kitchens and feeding programs.

"Last year, the Food Bank provided 82 million meals and served an average of 490,000 neighbors each month. With the rising cost of food, inflation and the decrease in government SNAP and Medicaid benefits, Northern Illinois Food Bank is experiencing more neighbors reaching out for help," said Maeven Sipes, chief philanthropy officer at Northern Illinois Food Bank.

The event was a success thanks to the generous support of golfers, volunteers, partners and sponsors who came together for a good cause - to help solve hunger in Northern Illinois. Sponsors included Old Second National Bank, Youtech, U.S. Foods, Caterpillar Inc., and many more.

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For the past 40 years, Northern Illinois Food Bank has been dedicated to solving hunger and empowering neighbors. The vision at Northern Illinois Food Bank is for everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and proud member of Feeding America, Northern Illinois Food Bank serves its neighbors in 13 counties with dignity, equity and convenience, providing 250,000 meals a day.

Northern Illinois Food Bank brings together manufacturers, local and corporate grocers, area farmers, corporations, foundations and individuals, who donate food and funding, and each week nearly 1,000 volunteers help evaluate, repack and distribute food. Northern Illinois Food Bank also proudly partners with more than 900 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and youth and senior feeding programs to provide nutritious food and resources. Its distribution centers are located in Geneva, Lake Forest, Rockford and Joliet.

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