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Give to Support Our Neighbors and End Hunger

Help feed a family in Cook County and change a life by investing in programs that address the root causes of hunger.

Provide 2X the Food for Our Neighbors This Holiday Season


The need for healthy, accessible food across Chicago and Cook County has never been greater. Your gift by December 31 will be twice as effective thanks to a $1 MILLION MATCHING CHALLENGE!

Types of Donations

Explore Options for Donating to the Food Depository

90 cents of every dollar supports our programs and services.

Because of our financial stability, transparency and commitment to best practices, we are recognized as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator.

Whether you make a one-time gift or are looking to make a lasting, sustainable difference, we’re committed to making every gift go further to create a lasting impact.

Make a one-time donation now

Matching gifts

Make your donation go further with an employer-sponsored matching gift program.

Monthly gift

Become a Partner for All Seasons with a monthly recurring donation that helps provide food and hope all year long.


Leave a gift in honor of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion.

Stock gifts

Make a donation of stocks and securities to support your community.

Donor advised fund

Donate over a period of time and access immediate tax deductions with a DAF.

Estate planning

Leave a lasting legacy of our commitment to end hunger and create a long-term impact with a gift in your will or trust.

Virtual food drive

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

Corporate donations

Find out how your company or business can become a charitable partner and make an impact in our commitment to ending hunger.

Why Give to the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Make a One-Time Gift
Make a Monthly Gift

Every dollar makes a difference.

The Food Depository is Chicago’s Food Bank. We partner with over 700 food pantries, meal programs and partner organizations across Cook County to ensure our neighbors have the food they need to thrive. A one-time $100 gift helps provide 300 meals. A monthly recurring donation helps provide meals and other hunger relief programs all year long. Join our commitment to end hunger and address its root causes.

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

No one should experience hunger. You can help.

77.3 M
meals provided last year — a 25% increase compared to pre-pandemic times
1.5 M
households served by our network of free grocery partners in 2021
public benefits applications submitted on behalf of our neighbors since 2020
$ 14 M
invested in our network of food pantry and program partners since 2020

How to Give

Give in the Way Most Convenient for You

There isn’t just one way to give back.

Larry Portnoff
Larry Portnoff

“Not only is it just saving money, we’re thankful that what we have is really beneficial for us health-wise. The food is very good, very healthy.”

Larry Portnoff recently picked up meals for his granddaughters – one of whom is going into her junior year of high school and the other just graduated kindergarten. Portnoff, 73, made the trip to help out his daughter, a schoolteacher who lives in Berwyn.

He said he’s thankful that the community has a place he can come pick up food for his family.

Larry Portnoff

The Nourish Project

Support the Nourish Project

Serving our neighbors in need starts with understanding what those needs are. As communities continue to face hunger, the need for resources to fight food insecurity is higher than ever.

In 2022, we’re breaking ground on a new prepared meal facility that will increase the number of healthy, prepared meals distributed, while also creating jobs and economic impact for populations and communities that have been historically impacted by inequity and disinvestment.

Learn more about the Nourish Project


What Donations Fund

Feed A Neighbor and Change Lives

The Food Depository provided 77.3 million meals last year — a 25% increase compared to pre-pandemic times

Join us as we seek to end hunger in our community.




Explore Questions Other Donors Ask

Don’t see your question below? You can reach out to us at any time.

Contact Us

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law – consult your Tax Professional for advice.

There are a variety of ways that you can donate to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Some options include: donate online, donating by mail, donating stocks & securities, giving through donor advised funds or IRAs, creating a monthly gift, ordering tribute cards by mail, and food donations. You can find more information about these options here.

Follow this link to request a summarized receipt for your contributions to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Thank you for your support!

Follow this link to login to your user profile. Your profile is automatically created when you make an online gift. Your profile will allow you to update the donation amount, gift processing date, gift duration, credit card information, or cancel a recurring gift. To login, please enter the email used to donate and password. If you forgot your password, select “Forgot my password,” type your email address, and a password reset will be sent to your email.

We accept donations of products from many types of food businesses. For businesses looking for information what items you can donate or to follow up with Food Depository staff, learn more about making a commercial food donation.

Individuals are encouraged to start a virtual food drive. If you would like to host a traditional food drive, learn more about how to get started.

If you are planning on making a one-time donation, we suggest using our donation page or sending a check by mail. If you would like to make a recurring donation, select “Make this a monthly recurring gift.”  We accept online gifts via credit card, ACH Transfer, PayPal and mobile wallet (Apple Pay/Google Wallet). Donate online here.

Please use the following information to donate by check:

Send checks to:
Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 W. Ann Lurie Pl
Chicago, IL 60632
Please make checks payable to:
Greater Chicago Food Depository

Many employers provide matching funds when you make charitable donations. Search for your company using this link and identify if they match gifts to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. If your company matches gifts, there will be a “Go to Matching Gift Form” link that can be used to set up your matching gift.

Download pdfs of tax documents that you need from this page.

Our federal tax ID (EIN) is 36-2971864.

Your gift is always used efficiently: 90% of every donation goes directly to hunger relief programs. Our annual reports provide full details on how we use funds. If you want to designate your gift to a specific program, please make a note in the Additional Notes field on the donation form.

Take Action and Get Involved at the Food Depository Today

Donate your voice and your time — and drive change through action.

Giving back to your community comes in many forms. Help us build awareness, feed a neighbor and advocate for policies that help address the underlying causes of hunger.


Give to Help End Hunger In Our Community

Your neighbors need your help. Give back with a donation today and start making an immediate impact.

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