Spotlight On: Greater Chicago Food Depository

Posted on November 1, 2017

At TDFF we look to partner with organizations within our community that align with our mission to empower individuals to be able to enhance their own quality of life through wellness and education. The Greater Chicago Food Depository does all of that and more. With a focus on healthy food, the Food Depository’s work with education and healthcare systems as well as their Chicago Community Kitchens program exemplifies a comprehensive approach to addressing the Chicago-area’s food insecurity and access issues. We’re proud to support their work!

Recently employees from The Duchossois Group rolled up their sleeves with hands-on volunteering, helping to sort donated canned goods at the GCFD.

As the food bank for Cook County, the Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes food to individuals and families through a network of approximately 700 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community programs. The organization implements innovative strategies to address food insecurity and food access by partnering with education and healthcare systems, veterans affairs hospitals, libraries, community centers, after school and summer programs, senior centers and residential buildings – serving more than 812,000 individuals who rely on this network for support each year. Last year, more than 71.5 million pounds of healthy food – or the equivalent of 164,000 meals daily – was provided to the community.

As part of the organization’s mission to end hunger in our community, the Food Depository also provides foodservice training for unemployed and underemployed individuals through the Chicago’s Community Kitchens program, creating a pathway for adults to break the cycle of poverty through stable and meaningful jobs.

Learn more about GCFD’s services, events, and volunteer opportunities.