Welcome and Thank You!
Welcome to the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s fiscal year 2017-2018 online annual report. Below, you’ll find highlights from the impact you made possible in our community this year. Because of your support, our neighbors throughout Cook County – children, families, veterans, older adults – had the food they needed to thrive. While the need remains incredibly high, the generosity of donors fueled our response, as we distributed more than 69 million pounds of food – the equivalent of more than 60 million meals. This year’s report includes stories about the impact of Chicago’s Community Kitchens in its 20th year, a new partnership with the City of Chicago to better fight hunger in our community, an innovative program to educate clients on nutrition, and more. Please explore those stories and know that because of you, our neighbors have food and hope. On behalf of our clients and everyone at the Food Depository, thank you.
Kate MaehrExecutive Director & CEO Greater Chicago Food Depository
BRIDGING THE GAP IN FY 2018 — NOURISHING OUR COMMUNITIES
MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD
That’s the equivalent of 159,000 meals every day.
Volunteers donated 97,166 hours at the Food Depository.
% FRESH PRODUCE
36.9 percent of food distributed was fresh vegetables and fruit.
Stories of the impact we made together
Enriching children’s lives through partnership with the City of Chicago
New Lunch Bus sites and expanded Healthy Student Markets are initial steps in an ambitious plan to connect Chicagoans with food and opportunity.
Hunger in our community is changing, and so are we
An ambitious renovation project prepares the Food Depository to respond to changing needs.
20 years of giving a hand up
Chicago's Community Kitchens connected 90 percent of graduates with employment. For people like Ximenio, this program marked the beginning of a new career.
MORE IMPACT STORIES
Commercial real estate community makes monumental impact on hunger
In March, the 30th annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards raised a record $1.45 million for hunger relief.
Advocacy efforts expanded access to food for those in need
Our advocates came together to improve food access for children, college students and more.