Working at the Food Depository
The Food Depository's greatest asset is its employees. A staff of more than 150 comes to work each day with the goal of striving to end hunger in our community. Each team is aligned with objectives in our five-year Strategic Plan.
Goal 1: Ensure the adequate supply, delivery, and access to healthy food options for all people in need.
Goal 2: Strengthen and encourage community based responses to ending hunger.
Goal 3: Mobilize the public to end hunger.
Goal 4: Establish measurements beyond pounds that reflect our impact.
Goal 5: Invest in people, technology, and infrastructure critical to achieving our mission.
» Learn more about our five-year strategic plan: Growing the Field.
Maintained through a direct connection to our mission, employees annually volunteer at a member agency, as well as regularly experience an operations-related role to gain a stronger perspective of their contribution to fighting hunger. Additionally, the Food Depository has many opportunities for you to get involved with fellow staff members and dedicated volunteers on many levels.
Celebrating our greatest asset
The Food Depository acknowledges and rewards employees through quarterly ceremonies where employees are recognized for excellence in support of our mission and goals. Several other events are held throughout the year to celebrate our accomplishments.
Providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.
Our mission statement drives everything we do. Every department, from Administrative Services to Food Operations, plays a distinct role in helping to provide food for hungry people. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 64 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 134,800 meals every day, for men, women and children in Cook County.
Striving to end hunger requires that we collaborate, communicate, advocate and educate. Likewise, we must acknowledge hunger's root causes and strengthen our understanding of the cycles of poverty that prevent our clients from attaining self-sufficiency. It requires that we seek strong, knowledgeable staff members, partners, donors and volunteers who can help us extend our distribution of food into priority communities.