Events and partnerships resulted in millions of meals

Tech programmers. Commercial real estate brokers. Architects. Futures traders. They’re all part of burgeoning industries in Chicago. And they all were key supporters of hunger relief in fiscal year 2017. In order to end hunger, our entire community must step up. And that’s exactly what these industries did.

In September 2016, the construction, architecture and design communities gathered at CANstruction Chicago to build massive artistic structures made entirely of canned food, which was then donated to the Food Depository. The exhibit in the lobby of the Merchandise Mart included a Star Wars structure, a giant depiction of the Wrigley Field marquee and much more. The event collected more than 100,000 pounds of food for the Food Depository.

Later in September, individuals from the technology sector contributed to the cause at the Hackathon to End Hunger – a yearly event that gathered 70 developers from many of Chicago’s top technology companies to develop tech-based solutions to the problem of child hunger.

A month later, hundreds from the futures and options industries raised $409,000 for the Food Depository at the FIA Cares Great Chicago Steak Out. The event gives guests the opportunity to sample a collection of dishes from Chicago’s top steakhouses.

And in March, the 29th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner was attended by more than 1,800 of Chicago’s top brokers, developers, contractors and property managers. The event raised $1.2 million, the equivalent of 3.6 million meals for our hungry neighbors.