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.
Kate MaehrExecutive 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 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
Food Depository Supporters Fuel Rollout of All-Delivery Program
The Food Depository launched a program to deliver all food to agencies. In the past, some agencies would come to GCFD to pick up their food. With the new program, agencies save time and money.
Research Reveals Depth of Need Among Individuals with Disabilities
New Food Depository research equips us to better serve individuals with disabilities.
Your Support Drives Innovative Responses to Reach More Neighbors in Need
Chicago's Community Kitchens, the FRESH Truck and Healthy Student Markets reached farther into the community than ever before.
MORE IMPACT STORIES
Overall in fiscal year 2017, the Food Depository and its benefits outreach network submitted a record 5,878 applications on behalf of clients.
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.
The pantries at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center inspired a nationwide partnership.
From technologists to architects, many of Chicago's biggest industries stepped up their commitment to fight hunger this year.
Agency-enabled food rescue matches partner agencies with high-quality food donations in their communities.
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.