Andy Vass, Henry Fetta and Daniel Jariabka of the Hunger Resource Network joined us May 7 to share their insights about the issue and how their unique organization is helping feed those in need. The Network is an all-volunteer non-profit created 11 years ago and based in Northbrook. The Network started 20 years ago as a church effort to rescue unpurchased food from grocer Sunset Foods. Repurposing more than 50,000 pounds of food per year, they were able to help feed many Northbrook-area people in need. Their focus in recent years has been on supplying protein sources -- such as chicken -- for food pantries. 
 
Since then, the Network has reached out to other local non-profits and expanded significantly – now working with agencies in other communities, including Evanston. Partners include Hillside Pantry, St Mary’s, Hilda’s Kitchen, Ebenezer Soup Kitchen, Second Baptist Church, Connections for the homeless, and the Salvation Army.  They also rescue produce from the Evanston Farmers Market. To learn more, visit https://www.hungerresourcenetwork.org/.