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Everyone can make an impact in the lives of our neighbors and in our communities.

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Skyrocketing Summer Need

Thousands of individuals and families across Chicago and Cook County are facing a hunger crisis as the need reaches pandemic-level highs. Every dollar you give will help provide 3 meals and make a lifesaving difference.

Take Action. Demand Change.

Help Your Neighbors Facing Food Insecurity in Chicago and Cook County

Hunger is a year-round problem that touches every community in Cook County, and every neighborhood in Chicago. Hundreds of thousands of people face hunger every year – yet even one is too many.

Get involved to give back to your community today and make a lasting difference.

Donate money and make a critical impact in the work we do through a one-time gift, monthly donation, tribute gift, stock gift or more.

Donate time. Explore our food bank volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups and sign up to help at our facility or in the community.

Lift your voice to support our advocacy efforts that address the root causes of hunger.

Donate food. Start a fundraiser with friends, family or coworkers and make an immediate difference in our community.

Discover more about food insecurity in Chicago and Cook County and its impact on our community through research on hunger-related issues.

Attend an event, buy Food Depository merch or learn how to support us when you shop and dine.

1 in 4 Children is Currently At Risk of Food Insecurity in Chicago

No one should experience hunger. You can help.

76.4 M
meals provided across all of our food programs during our 2023 fiscal year
1.9 M
households served by our network of free grocery partners during our 2023 fiscal year
food pantry volunteers helped us repack and distribute food to our neighbors during our 2023 fiscal year
$ 19 M
invested in our network of food pantry and program partners since 2020
Wendy Daniels, director of food services at Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Wendy Daniels
director of food services at Breakthrough Urban Ministries

“I get to do this work. I get to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves.”

As an advocate and food equity ambassador, Wendy Daniels of Breakthrough Urban Ministries helps educate government officials about the need in her community.

You can also help advocate for change.

Become an advocate

Wendy Daniels
director of food services at Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Giving Back Programs

Find Your Best Path for Giving Back

Individuals, families, colleagues, organizations — the people who give back to the community through the Greater Chicago Food Depository differ. Yet, we all share a belief in taking action and making a difference.

Helping Hands and Helpful Hearts Needed

Anyone can give back to our community. Every steadfast supporter who donates time helps make a difference as we seek not only to meet our neighbors’ immediate needs, but to end hunger for good.

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Get Opportunities to Give Back in Your Inbox

We’ll send you the latest updates on hunger, opportunities to donate time and news about our food donation programs so you can make a bigger impact.


One of the Best Ways to Give is With Your Voice

Giving back can mean looking forward to a shared future.

Sign a petition. Contact your legislator. Raise your voice to make a larger impact on the root causes of hunger.

With a focus on anti-hunger, public health and anti-poverty policies, our team understands the intersections of food insecurity, nutrition and health and collaborates with our coalition partners to advance solutions that promote equitable food access and take on the root causes of hunger.

Find out how to advocate

Ray, Food Depository donor
Food Depository donor

“It makes me sad when people don’t have enough to eat or a place to live.”

When 11-year-old Ray saw that his neighbors were experiencing hunger, he grabbed all the money he had – $180 that he had received as Christmas and birthday gifts from family – to donate money to the Food Depository. Then he encouraged more people to donate and help, too.

Read about Ray, one of our many inspiring donors helping to create a hunger-free community >

Donate to make a difference

Food Depository donor


Take Action by Engaging with Community Stories

Hear from your neighbors to find out how hunger affects our communities and how we can join together to change the world starting right here in Chicago.

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Nourish The Future Of Our Communities

Community organizations can help ensure no one goes hungry by partnering with us to host programs that give children and families the nutrition and resources they need to learn, grow and play.

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Take Action and Make a Difference Today

Donate time. Be a food pantry volunteer for one day. Sign a petition. Donate money. Donate food. Making change starts with you.