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1 City, 1 Food Drive collects more than 1 million meals

The 1 City, 1 Food Drive kickoff was held in the south lobby of the Merchandise Mart.
Throughout November and December, the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 1 City, 1 Food Drive effort collected shelf-stable food donations with the help of 500 partners across Cook County. This year’s campaign brought in more than 565,000 pounds and $242,185 which is the equivalent of nearly 1.2 million meals for our hungry neighbors.

Highlights of this year’s effort included the food drive kickoff event, held in November at the Merchandise Mart. The event brought together more than 100 Food Depository supporters in a festive rally with live entertainment that officially signaled the start of food drive season. This year’s top food drive was the ABC 7 Spirit of Giving drive, which collected more than 113,000 pounds of food. Also this year, the Chicago Bulls Food Drive collected more than 69,700 pounds of food in partnership with 33 different Chicago Public Schools, making it the second-largest food drive of the season.

The 1 City, 1 Food Drive campaign is always an inspiring example of our community coming together to proclaim that no one should go hungry. Thanks to all of our food drive partners! We look forward to working with you again next year!

2013 Top 5 Food Drives: 
  1. ABC 7 Spirit of Giving – 113,561 lbs
  2. Chicago Bulls – 69,782 lbs
  3. Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago – 67,624 lbs
  4. Boy Scouts Scouting for Food – 28,223 lbs
  5. New Trier Township High School – 22,197 lbs
Food drives are needed year-round! Click here to register.

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