Greater Chicago Food Depository is a non-profit organization that has been working for years to stop hunger in the Illinois and Cook County communities. 200,000 pounds of food is distributed on a daily to people in need. They distribute food through our network of partner agencies and programs, including free distributions and responses for children, older adults and veterans.
The food the organization distributes are donations, purchased or part of federal government programs such as Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Food donations happen at every point along a supply chain, from farmers and manufacturers to distributors, wholesalers and retail grocers. They buy in bulk in order to meet the needs of our community and aim to cater to their nutritional needs. About 700 food drives are set with sponsors from community organizations, professional and Local businesses, schools and faith groups each year.
Volunteers and employees at our food bank and training centre help prepare food for distribution. Before distribution, the food is inspected, sorted, repacked and labelled and picked up by climate-controlled vehicles which distribute food safely throughout Cook County.
So as we strive to end hunger in Cook County, let’s come together for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk as we help raise funds and create awareness for the fight!