Cup of Hope

April 2019 View more

Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Executive Women’s Council held its fourth annual “A Cup of Hope: A Garden Tea to Solve Hunger” fundraiser on Sunday, March 3, at Embassy Suites in Naperville. Over 300 guests enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea party, complete with an extensive tea selection, finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries.

Guests sipped on Prosecco as they perused silent auction and raffle items. Speaker Jill Kilhefner, who is an advanced master gardener, a registered dietitian, and an amateur beekeeper, educated the group on the importance of bees and other pollinators in home gardens and beyond.

Event proceeds benefit the food bank’s child nutrition programs. “We’re so excited to once again raise funds for child nutrition programming … and are so grateful for the outpouring of generosity we see each year from the community during this event,” says Executive Women’s Council member Gail Hernly. Last year, the food bank distributed 1.6 million meals in 13 counties through its backpack, after school, supper, and summer meal programs.

Photos courtesy Cup of Hope