The Issue: Food Insecurity in Cook County
More than 16% of Cook County residents experience food insecurity, according to data compiled by the US Department of Agriculture in 2012, and in some communities more than 50% of people are uncertain where they will get their next meals. Families who experience food insecurity often lack the means to acquire fresh fruit and produce, which can seem like an unnecessary, often expensive luxury. When that happens, the lack of nutrients and vitamins can have a harmful impact, leading to sickness and a lack of energy.
Groupon Employee Virtual Food Drive: Helping to Provide Meals to Individuals Facing Hunger
By donating $1, $5, or $10 to this campaign, the the Greater Chicago Food Depository can provide meals to people experiencing food insecurity. Each additional dollar raised will purchase another three meals for individuals in Cook County.
Groupon employees can also donate at the company cafeteria "Hello, Food" by adding an amount onto a credit card transaction or donating cash and coins in the canisters at the register.
Each year, the food depository provides access to nourishment for more than 678,000 people, of whom nearly 40% are children and more than one-third are members of working families. During the six-week run of this campaign, the food depository will ship millions of pounds of food from its warehouse to community members at risk of hunger.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository as well as its member agencies offer in-person volunteer opportunities. Click here to view available days and times to volunteer. Want to help out with more local and national Groupon Grassroots campaigns? Click here for more opportunities.
This campaign has been organized by the Groupon Employee Volunteer Program
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository strives to end hunger in Chicago communities by distributing food every day through its network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and programs. These provide access to nourishment for more than 142,000 people each week, of which more than 1/3 are children and nearly 40% are working families. Volunteers and employees inspect, sort, and repackage all donated food to ensure safety, but they don't stop there. Along with supplying community kitchens and food pantries, the organization provides nutritious meals for children's programs and partners with Chicago Public Schools to distribute fresh produce and other nutritious food at food pantries located in schools. Last year, the Greater Chicago Food Depository distributed 66 million pounds of non-perishables, fresh produce, daily products, and meat--the equivalent of 150,000 meals each day to people in need across Cook County.