The Issue: Food Insecurity in Cook County
One in six 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 lead to sickness and an overall lack of energy.
The Campaign: Distributing Fresh Fruit to Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by the Greater Chicago Food Depository to distribute fresh fruit to local families. Each $10 donation will provide a week’s worth of fresh fruit for a local family of four. After a crew of volunteers packs the fruit into Producemobiles, the food depository distributes it to families in urban food deserts, who would not otherwise have access to fresh produce.
This campaign is part of our One Groupon, One Meal collection. For every Groupon purchased for local restaurants, bars, and bistros in and around Chicago between March 19 and April 1, Groupon will donate the cost of one meal to Greater Chicago Food Depository. Click here to learn more and view our featured deals.
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.