Barb Food Mart is open on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00.

See Contact Us page for more details!

Barb Food Mart Is Now Registering Families

For The 2018-2019 School Year.

If you are a NEW family, ask your school secretary to send in the BFM Verification Form. Then, bring your ID each week. Over the summer, you may also go go the Education Center (on South Fourth Street) to get a BFM Verification Form. If you were registered last year, you DO NOT need a new Verification Form. Just update your info at BFM.

Send any questions to:

Latest News

September 9, 2018 Update:


We have this new website thanks to the time and technical talents of Amy Fontana and Kari Colvin. What a great way to share BFM news and photos!

This summer, we were honored with generous gifts of money from Ideal Industries, DeKalb Township, and the Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club. Thank you so much for helping us feed our friends and neighbors.

The DHS Class of 1968 collected over 100 beautiful new children’s books to give to our families. As a school-based pantry, we love to promote literacy as well as healthy eating. Thank you for giving to us at the time of your celebration.

Linn Sorge, Bessie Chronopoulos, and friends from St. George Greek Orthodox Church continue to remember us with gifts of paper goods. Our families are always grateful for them.

Local gardeners Joanne Hulmes and Marrianne Anderson, Yaeger Farms, St. Mary School Garden, and members of Immanuel Lutheran Church have provided our pantry with some beautiful fresh produce this month. What a healthy choice for our shoppers!

Team Member Scott Cochrane fixed one of our heavy handcarts that had a bad wheel. Now we’re back up and rolling.

Folks from Northwestern Medicine unloaded the truck this month. We appreciate your helping hands!

Thanks to District 428 retirees and ELDC for staffing our Thursday afternoons in September with volunteers; we’ve got three or four every week, and what a difference it makes! (Brooks Elementary, you’re up next—ready to take on the challenge?) : )

Susan Bivens and Cortland Elementary are once again walking in the Sondra King Memorial CROP Hunger Walk on October 14th. Some proceeds will go to BFM. We thank them for their support! Here is how to support them:

The YMCA has returned with snack boxes for our children! Their nutritious snacks are just the thing for kids after a long day of school and help to keep them quiet and content while their parents shop. Thank you, Christin LaLonde, for continuing this valuable program!

And finally, Huntley Middle School provides us with the space to serve our families, and the custodial and maintenance crews support us in so many ways. Thank you for cleaning our facilities on a weekly basis and for fixing things when they need it. We need you and are grateful for you!

And if YOU are interested in volunteering at BFM, please email us at

Thank you!

Christine Holloway

Onsite Director


July 30, 2018 Update:

We have so many people to thank!

Donna Xidis brought in food donations and lots of reusable bags for our shoppers—they will all get used.

We have new volunteers from DeKalb County Housing Authority—thank you Jennifer Yochem and Vivian Bright for joining us.

Atlee Mathews came to help and is starting a school-based pantry in Sycamore—wonderful!

Our morning lifters, unloaders, and sorters are a super bunch! Thanks to all the new helpers and the folks who come week after week. And this week, when the truck was late!?! Thanks for hanging in there!

Our veteran afternoon volunteers each take one to four Thursdays a month. We couldn’t do it without you and are so grateful for your loyalty to BFM.

Emily Johnson and Ellen Moser have taken many afternoon slots with us this summer—great to have you with us!

Paul Anderson did double duty two weeks in a row—morning truck unloading and afternoon shopping time! Thank you so much for your generosity and helping hands.

Our super subs fill in whenever needed—thank you Gwen Geiger, Sue Richter, and Lissette Jacobson for answering the call in July!

Our regular check-in volunteers greet shoppers in Spanish and English—thank you, Vicky Aburto, Emily Quade, and Steph Spooner.

And if YOU are interested in volunteering at Barb Food Mart, please email us!