August 26, 2014

When Julie Yurko talks about her work, one phrase finds its way repeatedly into the thread of conversation.

"Our hungry neighbors."

The repetition, no doubt, has a strategic purpose, for it is the central idea in the "Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors" slogan for the organization of which Yurko is president and CEO, the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

But there is still something haunting in those words. Suburbanites think often in terms of neighbors and neighborhoods; it's in many ways a defining concept for us. But we don't often think in terms of hungry neighbors.

Tags: Illinois , Northern Illinois Food Bank

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