Providing Food and Hope

With your support, the Food Depository distributed more than 71 million pounds of food last year, including 26 million pounds of fresh produce to our neighbors struggling with hunger.

Welcome and Thank You!

Welcome to the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s FY 2017 online annual report. While the need in our community remains high, your support this year enabled the Food Depository to make an indelible impact on our neighbors who struggle with hunger. Because of you, we distributed more than 71 million pounds of food. We strengthened our network’s response to hunger with a new program that saves agencies time and resources. We expanded our reach among at-risk populations and we unveiled new research that will equip us to better serve individuals with disabilities. Without the generous donors, volunteers and advocates who invest in our mission, none of that would be possible. Please take a look around and experience the impact that we made together this year. And on behalf of the Food Depository and the men, women and children we serve, thank you.

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Kate Maehr

Executive Director & CEO
Greater Chicago Food Depository

BRIDGING THE GAP IN FY 2017 — NOURISHING OUR COMMUNITIES

MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD

That's more than 164,000 pounds of food per day.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers donated 96,667 hours at the Food Depository.

% FRESH PRODUCE

36.9 percent of food distributed was fresh vegetables and fruit.

Stories of the impact we made together

MORE IMPACT STORIES

Benefits enrollment expands to schools

Overall in fiscal year 2017, the Food Depository and its benefits outreach network submitted a record 5,878 applications on behalf of clients.

Partnership with Starbucks brings fresh prepared food to shelters

Through a national partnership with Feeding America launched in fiscal year 2017, Starbucks is working with the Food Depository on FoodShare – a program to provide high quality ready-to-eat meals for shelters in Cook County.

Veterans pantries inspire national model

The pantries at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center inspired a nationwide partnership.

Chicago industries step up to fight hunger

From technologists to architects, many of Chicago's biggest industries stepped up their commitment to fight hunger this year.

Supply, variety of food increases through agency-enabled food rescue

Agency-enabled food rescue matches partner agencies with high-quality food donations in their communities.

From Hungry to Hopeful

In our latest ad campaign, the Food Depository shared the story of hunger in a new light. The campaign highlighted individuals whose lives transformed through our programs.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE CAN END HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Every year, thousands of people join us in the fight against hunger. Whether you volunteer, advocate, start a food drive, raise awareness or donate, everyone can make a difference. Together, we are stronger. Together, we can end hunger in our community. Get involved now.

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