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Food to fuel a fresh start

It’s the perfect time to set new goals for the year ahead.

To reach these goals, it takes energy. It takes fuel. It takes food: a universal, basic human need. Everyone deserves access to fresh and healthy food to help them achieve whatever they set out to accomplish this year.

A pantry guest receiving a box of fresh food and produce.

A community member receives food at Harmony Community Baptist Church’s food pantry.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository and our network of food pantries and programs are here to provide free food for anyone who needs it, with no strings attached, so you don’t have to worry about where your next meal will come from.

With over 800 food pantries and programs across Chicago and Cook County, help is all around, and finding a location is easy using our find food map.

This wide network offers a variety of resources including fresh produce, dairy, meat and packaged foods, so you can prepare meals that are nourishing for you and your family.

We even have a recipe library to help you find new ways to prepare meals with ingredients commonly found at our local food pantries.

Panter pantry organizing a room of food to distribute to neighbors.

Our partners are here to provide you with food and support.

Distributing healthy food is central to our mission. Early this year, we’ll be completing our Nourish Project and increasing access to healthy, prepared meals. These made-from-scratch meals will be distributed to priority populations, including families served by pantries, opportunity youth (ages 16 to 24 who are neither enrolled in school or work), people experiencing a housing crisis, and individuals engaged in workforce development programs.

Access to nutritious prepared meals helps build healthier communities, especially among older generations and people with disabilities who may experience greater challenges in preparing food.

Pantry guest receiving bags of fresh fruit and canned goods.

Food being distributed by our partners at the Beyond Hunger Food Outreach Program.

The new year is also a good time to check if you are eligible for federal nutrition benefits, including SNAP. Our team is here to help answer questions and connect you to programs that can boost your grocery budget. Learn about the programs available and find benefits that suit your needs.

Fresh fruit and vegetables.

Fresh and healthy food is distributed across our network of partners.

No matter what your hopes and goals are for this new year, we want to make sure you’ve got the peace of mind, energy and resources to make them happen.

Our local pantries and programs are here to provide fresh and nutritious food to fuel your family for the year ahead. For the Food Depository, making sure our neighbors have the support to reach their fullest potential is and continues to be our main goal.

Find free food at a pantry or program near you today.

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