Food drives are a great way for businesses, organizations and groups of all sizes to make a difference in the fight against hunger. In 2012, food drives helped the Greater Chicago Food Depository collect more than 500,000 pounds of nonperishable food for people in need. This year, our goal is to collect the equivalent of 1 million meals worth of healthy, nonperishable food.

As more than 860,670 people in Cook County don't know when or where their next meal is coming from, food drives are more important than ever. You can make a difference by organizing a food drive with your office, school, place of worship or any type of club or organization.

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Quick tipsMost-needed items (pdf) | Frequently asked questions (pdf)



To learn more about upcoming events that benefit the Food Depository visit our online events calendar.



Public Drop Off Locations

After your food drive has concluded and if you do not qualify for a pick up,the Food Depository offers public drop off locations where your nonperishable food donations can be taken. If you cannot drop off at one of the public drop off locations below, please visit our Agency Locator to find soup kitchen, food pantry or shelter near you who might be able to accept your donation.

View Food Drive Public Drop-Off Locations 2013 in a full screen map

» Are you in the food industry? Learn more about our Food Industry Donations.

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SAMPLE Virtual Food Drive screenshotVirtual food drives

Don't have the space to host your own food drive? Host a virtual food drive.

The Food Depository will build your virtual food drive for you. All you'll have to do is send a link to friends, family or co-workers, so they can drag and drop their food donations online. | Learn more