Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit organization that fights hunger throughout Cook County, Illinois. The GCFD distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community programs, serving more than 800,000 adults and children every year. In fiscal year 2016, the GCFD distributed more than 70 million pounds of nonperishable food, produce, dairy products, and meat - the equivalent of more than 160,000 meals every day. Of the $96,883,955 spent in 2016, over 90% went to direct food distribution programs.
The greater chicago food depository provides emergency food assistance in cook county, illinois by distributing food through a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and programs. The food distributed is donated, purchased or received from federal programs.
The greater chicago food depository provides programs to fight hunger among priority populations including children, students, older adults and veterans. The organization also offers workforce development for unemployed and underemployed individuals. Other programs include after-school and summer meals for children, food distributions for older adults, food distributions at schools, and federal benefits outreach.
Mobile responses reach populations that often don't have access to traditional emergency assistance programs. The food depository's producemobile distributes fresh fruit and vegetables in high-need communities, while the mobile pantry provides produce, protein and shelf-stable groceries to hungry individuals on evenings and weekends. The fresh truck offers produce to food insecure patients of health clinics throughout cook county.