Food Collection

NIFBlogoBluestem Earth Festival is partnering with Northern Illinois Food Bank for this year’s food collection event.

All donations will be distributed to area food pantries including St. John’s Catholic Church, The Spanish Community Center, Harvey Brooks and Warren-Sharpe Community Center.

We will accept fresh fruits and vegetables, canned fruits and vegetables, breads, grains, cereals, boxed items and/or prepared foods that are canned or dried. (Detailed List Below)

“1 in 5 children in northern Illinois faces hunger. Food donations benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, providing food to 70,000 people each week through their network of local food pantries and partner feeding programs in 13 counties.”
Click here for more information about the Northern IL Food Bank.

Acceptable Food Donations:

  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Low Sodium Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits in Juice
  • Breads
  • Whole Grain Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole Grain Pastas
  • Brown Rice
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Granola Bars
  • Cereal Bars
  • Peanut Butter/Jelly
  • Reduced Sodium Soup
  • Canned Stews and Chili
  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Juices
  • Canned Beans
  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee (ground no beans)
  • Cake Mixes
  • Powdered Milk
  • Juice Boxes
  • Infant formula
  • Baby Food
  • Granulated Sugar

*Please do not include frozen foods.


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