About Us

We believe no one should be hungry, and because we know there is enough nutritious food to provide every meal, every day for every neighbor in Northern Illinois, we want to ensure that anyone in need has access to the nutritious groceries they need in a way that fits their schedule and lifestyle. That’s why we created My Pantry Express—your online source for groceries when in need.

My Pantry Express is an online food pantry developed and operated by Northern Illinois Food Bank in collaboration with community partners.   Individuals in need select a pick-up time and location, order groceries and then pick up their order at one of our convenient locations.   Pick-ups are available at the following select locations.

Click on our video to learn more:  https://northernilfoodbank.wistia.com/medias/aupz188b06

Northern Illinois Food Bank – a proud member of Feeding America – is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than half a million people each year. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a goal of solving hunger in our 13-county service area, we rely on our generous donors, volunteers, and community partners – the local food pantries and feeding programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations and individuals who join with us in our vision for no one to be hungry in Northern Illinois.  To learn more about Northern Illinois Food Bank, please click here: (https://solvehungertoday.org/)

We are so happy to be offering this pilot program where we learn new things every day about how to serve the community  better through an online model.   While we strive to provide our customers an excellent experience, we are still learning so we thank you for your patience in advance.   We appreciate you as a customer and welcome your suggestions and thoughts.  Please feel free to  send us any comments by clicking on the following link:  Contact Us.

While there are many Food Bank employees working behind the scene to provide this service, meet our Program team.

Weija Chang has been at Northern Illinois Food Bank since July 2015, working in different roles with member agencies (e.g. food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc.) of the Food Bank.  As of January 2019, Weija currently works as the My Pantry Express Program Manager to help design a more accessible service for our My Pantry Express (MPX) customers that strives to fit their day to day lifestyles.

When Weija is not at her desk or at an MPX distribution, she enjoys food, maybe more so than most, she loves reading about it, watching movies and shows about it, talking about it, making it, eating it.  Be sure to say hi and share your favorite food or recipe with her when you see her!

Alex Veague has been at Northern Illinois Food Bank since May 2019 as the My Pantry Express Senior Program Coordinator.  Although she oversees many of the operational and website needs of the program, she will create graphs and charts just as soon as she will lend a hand in the warehouse. When she’s not running around with My Pantry Express, Alex is usually at home with her dog or out and about looking for her next favorite book. As a neuroscientist, though, watch out! If you catch her reading a science journal, she just might talk your ear off about the latest and greatest in neuroscience and psychobiology.

Rachel Lechuga is our My Pantry Express Team Program Coordinator, focusing on customer service and data. She has worked as an organic vegetable farmer around Northern Illinois and Chicago the last few years and found a wonderful opportunity for growth at the Food Bank. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Sustainable Food Systems from Northern Illinois University. Rachel is our English to Spanish translator so if you have a language barrier be sure to find her! Her roots run deep in hobbies like: advocating for local food, advocating for food justice, gardening, tending to her plants, travelling, staying active, cooking, and being outside at any given moment. She is a vegetable enthusiast so if you see her be sure to share your favorite recipes or your favorite veggie!

Dana Connell is our newest My Pantry Express Team Member. As a temporary Distribution Site Lead, Dana will be overseeing both of our Rockford Walmart locations, as well as our NIU School of Nursing location. A recent high school graduate, Dana is working during a gap year. She plans to go to college and study finance and non-profit management. In her free time, Dana will almost always be found in the barn, either volunteering and riding horses, or maybe knitting just about anything she can dream. Be sure to say hi next time you see Dana on site!

If you have a more urgent need, please click here to find a local pantry near you.  For more information, please email [email protected] or call 630-443-6914.