The Issue: Food Insecurity in Cook County
One in four children living in Cook County is food insecure, according to a study compiled by the US Department of Agriculture.
The Campaign: Providing Fresh Produce for Families in Need
With each $9 donation to this Grassroots campaign, The Greater Chicago Food Depository can provide 20 pounds of fresh produce to children and their families in its Healthy Kids Market Program at Chicago Public Schools. Each additional $9 donation will provide another 20 pounds of fresh produce.
The Healthy Kids Market Program serves kids and their families at 11 different sites in low-income Chicago communities through a partnership with Chicago Public Schools. The food pantries, located in schools, provide nutritious foods such as fresh produce, peanut butter, rice, and beans. This summer, the food depository expects to distribute more than 400,000 pounds of food and serve approximately 1,800 families a week.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
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.