It starts with food

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The @FoodDepository distributed more than 69 million pounds of food last year. Ending hunger starts with food.It starts with food.

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Give what you can to help put food on the tables of hunger Chicagoans. Volunteer, advocate or donate to help fight hunger in our community.

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Last year, the Food Depository distributed more food than ever before, including a variety of nutritious food and 18 million pounds of produce. We identified priority communities and populations and introduced a number of targeted initiatives in response. We leveraged new and existing partnerships to remain one of the most efficient nonprofit organizations in Chicago, devoting just seven percent of our annual budget to administrative costs. Whether it was a successful initiative, program or partnership, our community came together to provide healthy food for men, women and children in our community. Ending hunger in our community starts with food.

This year, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has taken its Annual Report online, providing our donors, volunteers, partners and supporters a glimpse of the day-to-day work your support makes possible.

The 2010-2011 Annual Report's online format saves paper and the cost of printing the report, while offering visitors an opportunity to experience the Food Depository's work in a new way. Learn more about our programs through featured videos and easily share the Food Depository's mission with friends and family on Twitter and Facebook. Join the fight against hunger by signing up for future volunteer opportunities, or by contacting your elected officials about legislation affecting hunger-relief programs. Finally, discover the impact your support has on thousands of men women and children who turn to the Food Depository's network of 650 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout Cook County.

We couldn't have achieved so much this year without our donors, volunteers and other supporters. We are eternally grateful for your partnership. On behalf of our network, and the people we serve, thank you for supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Kate Maehr

Executive Director and CEO

Greater Chicago Food Depository