Pantry University

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has long been committed to providing support for the staff and volunteers of our member agencies. For 25 years, initiatives such as nutrition conferences, agency grants and refrigeration programs have all contributed to our goal to strengthen the community outreach of our pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

Pantry University is the award-winning outgrowth of this tradition of agency education and support. Pantry University is a formalized approach to providing specialized training to our member agencies. This remarkable concept brings together professional instructors, agency directors and Food Depository staff to develop programs that will strengthen and support our member agencies and the neighborhoods they serve.

Pantry University has taught courses in food sanitation, led by faculty from Harold Washington College, and grant writing, fundraising and volunteer management, taught by Food Depository staff, agency representatives and expert practioners who are knowledgeable in their topic areas.

After a year as a pilot program, Pantry University was formally established in our new food bank and training center on National Hunger Awareness Day in June 2004.