The Food Depository's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan

This strategic plan guides our work during a time of record need in our community. In recent years, the unemployment rate has increased and along with it the number of people who need emergency and supplemental food assistance. Each month has brought new individuals to pantries and soup kitchens in every corner of our county. Against this sobering backdrop, the senior staff and volunteer leadership of the Greater Chicago Food Depository embarked on an effort to create a new plan to guide the organization during the next five years.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has developed a five-year strategic plan, covering 2010-2015. The planning process was conducted in three phases:

+ Phase I: An in-depth assessment that included research into the field of hunger relief, including long-range planning efforts, interviews with a broad range of stakeholders, and analyses based on these data. This resulted in a report on the Food Depository’s programs, mission and critical issues for the future.

+ Phase II: Participatory planning activities, based on the assessment that led to a set of goals, strategies, objectives and metrics.

+ Phase III: Consultations with Food Depository leaders for the completion and adoption of the new strategic plan.

2010 to 2015 Strategic Plan Goal 1 2010 to 2015 Strategic Plan Goal 2
2010 to 2015 Strategic Plan Goal 3 2010 to 2015 Strategic Plan Goal 4
2010 to 2015 Strategic Plan Goal 5

For more information, or to request a copy of the Strategic Plan, call 773-247-3663. You can also download a PDF copy of the strategic plan: Growing the Field.

Thank you to the Chicago Botanic Garden Windy City Harvest program and the Cook County Boot Camp. Your collaboration has inspired us and serves as a model for our future efforts. The agricultural photos in this publication were taken at the Boot Camp’s complex on the Southwest Side of Chicago.