Operating Staff employees donate groceries, money to Northern Illinois Food Bank

Staff Fest - Giving BackEvery summer, NIU’s Operating Staff Council invites all current operating staff and extra help employees, as well as operating staff retirees, to an appreication luncheon where they are served by university administrators, coaches and college deans.

The theme of this year’s event, held Aug. 5, was “StaffFest 2010-Giving Back.”

As a show of support for all those who are in need during these difficult economic times, participants were encouraged to bring canned goods or non-perishable food items.

Through the generous donations of the attendees at this year’s StaffFest, 548 pounds of food and $388.47 were collected and donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank

The Northern Illinois Food Bank, or NIFB, is a non-profit organization that serves 13 counties in northern Illinois. Food is acquired via donation and financial support from retailers, manufacturers, corporations, and community resources. The food then is distributed to hungry people through a network of 520 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other food assistance sites. NIFB distributed 36.5 million pounds of food in fiscal year 2010.

In an effort to continue the “Giving Back” theme, the Operating Staff Council of NIU encourages further donations to local food pantries as well as volunteering of time to other worthy causes and organizations to show support for those in need.

For further information about StaffFest, contact Pamela Rosenberg at prosenberg@niu.edu or (815) 753-9530.

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