Many people have asked how the Greater Chicago Food Depository fared during last week’s blizzard. The Food Depository was completely closed on Wednesday and closed for shipping on Thursday, though a few hearty staff did make it in that day. Pantries, soup kitchens and shelters were already stocked with orders from the previous week–food shipments generally take place well in advance. On Friday, we shipped 189,000 pounds of food as agencies rescheduled pickups from previous days, and we held volunteer sessions as planned. Above is a photo of our shipping yard on Wednesday morning. Below is a photo of our new snow-fighting vehicle, acquired just this year–and just in time for the Blizzard of 2011.