More than 16 percent of Cook County residents experience food insecurity, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2009, and in some communities more than 40 percent of people are uncertain where they will get their next meals. Partnering with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters across Cook County, the Greater Chicago Food Depository collects donated and purchased food and distributes it to underserved families.
Last year, the food depository distributed more than 18 million pounds of fresh produce to ensure people had access to nutritionally sound meals. Volunteers pack food into Producemobiles, which transport fruits and vegetables to low-income communities. Each week the food depository provides access to nourishment for more than 142,000 people, of which more than one-third are children and nearly 40 percent are working families. During the next few years, the food depository aims to expand its fresh-produce supply to represent 30 percent of its overall annual distribution.
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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.