America's Food Bank (AFB) was incorporated on April 26, 1989, with the primary goal of supplying food and related commodities
to needy veterans and catastrophically ill in the greater Chicagoland area.
AFB has already donated product to thousands of veterans and ill. Since its inception, millions of
dollars in food, supplies and services have been distributed.
A strong and rooted local area network of compassionate and dedicated persons has been working with founder, Cynthia Simpson,
to ensure safety, accountability, and the ability to procure and distribute the much needed products.
AFB provides groceries, prepared meals and holiday gifts for the needy. It meets the needs of anyone
in trouble and has been especially helpful to those affected by disabling injuries.
AFB Today - and Tomorrow
America's Food Bank provides help to the needy in many ways. Recipients include:
- United States Military
- Inner Voice Veterans Assistance & Transitional Housing
- New Hope Community Church Food Pantry
- Glass Slipper Project
- Jessie Brown Westside VA Hospital
- St. Nicholas Episcopal Church Food Pantry
- Salvation Army Des Plaines Corps
Programs and Activities
America's Food Bank conducts programs and activities in the following areas:
AFB distributes groceries, prepared meals and related commodities to the needy through agencies and organizations who serve
this sector of society. Distribution has included personal care items including soap, shampoo, colognes,
America's Food Bank makes available a list of
emergency phone numbers as part of its community outreach services. These numbers are toll free
numbers one can call to receive information for emergency services and crisis intervention support.
Also, There are many numbers provided for various disease-related help-lines.
America's Food Bank has acted as a support source to agencies and organizations in the past by donating
a car for the spinal cord injured to learn to drive. Many who are paralyzed can drive with special
hand controls and this was a vital addition to their therapeutic support. AFB has also donated computers
for educational purposes.
In the past, AFB arranged for a scholarship at a local Junior College which enabled needy students to
obtain an education in cosmetology. In turn, this local Junior College supplied cosmetology services
to homeless veterans and other needy, free of charge. This program became so successful that the
free-of-charge services had to be limited.
Supplies and Equipment
AFB has donated TV's, a special Clinitron air flow bed, fax machines, phone systems, stoves, washers
& dryers and various other supplies and equipment to agencies and organizations who can best use them. Many
years ago, AFB donated a van to Franciscan Outreach to be used to transport their clients and to pick up
much-needed commodities. Many letters of thanks have been received for these much needed supplies
Additional Programs and Activities
Additional Programs have included: "Christmas at Home" - America's Food Bank volunteers visited
different veterans facilities with food, presents and entertainment on Christmas Eve. "A Fabulous
Fourth" - on the 4th of July AFB volunteers visited facilities with food, gifts, and entertainment.
A Valentine's Day Celebration - Facilities are visited and flowers distributed to each resident. AFB needs
funding to continue these programs. AFB continues to support National Hospitalized veterans week by supplying
special treats to the Jesse Brown Veterans Hospital. Due to a decrease in funding, AFB will not be producing
hospital-wide programs at this time.
U.S. Military Support
America's Food Bank supports U.S. Military operations. As early as 1991, America's Food Bank
was asked to donate personal care items for our men and women who were being deployed to the Persian Gulf.
Within a matter of a few days, AFB secured numerous personal care items to be given to our men prior to
their departure. We support the U.S. Marines Family Day by donating the food for this annual event.
Emergency/Crisis/Disaster Relief Support Program
America's Food Bank (AFB) continues to be a source of support during these critical times.
In addition to our regular food donations, we are assisting our recipient agencies by helping
arrange special programs for their recipients. Collaborative work has always been a special
part of our mission because we have always believed that shared goals, energies, and resources
can 'make magic' for someone. We don't just want to feed the body, we want to nourish the soul.
Working together can make this a reality!
Most recently AFB was approached by a major foundation whose goal was to ensure that Chicago
school children would get nourishing and delicious meals during this critical time of COVID-19.
America's Food Bank arranged for this foundation to work with an organization who serves and
provides for children's needs and then introduced them to a major food industry executive.
This triage of deeply caring individuals are working together towards what is now a shared goal.
We at America's Food Bank are deeply gratified to have helped this happen!
We stand ready to be a source of support during these critical and unprecedented times.