Harvesters - The Community Food Network


Feeding America
161 N. Clark Street
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601

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Each year, Feeding America
distributes pounds of food to people facing hunger.
Counties served by Feeding America:
In the area served by Feeding America:
1 in 7 people alttext face hunger.
1 in 5 children face hunger.

Ilka's Story

A woman sitting in front of a Christmas tree.

People know Ilka as “the grandma of the world” because she loves everybody as though they were her own grandchildren.

“The women of my family taught me that community is everything,” she said. “I am sure that they would be proud of me because I have carried on the tradition of loving people through food.”

Ilka always invites neighbors to join in family meals. “It lets them know that they're not forgotten about, that somebody is thinking about them, and that somebody really cares about them,” she said.

This year, Ilka visited Topeka’s Open Arms Outreach Ministries pantry where her

Read Ilka's Story