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Give to Support Our Neighbors in Need 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.

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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.

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 with a recurring donation, we’re committed to making every gift go further to create a lasting impact for neighbors in need.

Make a one-time donation now

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start a fundraiser with friends, family or coworkers and make an immediate difference for neighbors in need.

Find out how your company or business can become a charitable partner and give back to the community by supporting our commitment to end hunger.

Why Give to the Greater Chicago Food Depository


Every dollar makes a difference.

The Food Depository is Chicago’s Food Bank. We partner with over 800 food pantries, meal programs and partner organizations across Cook County to ensure our neighbors in need have the food they require to thrive. A one-time $100 gift helps provide 300 meals. Monthly giving 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 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

How to Give

Give in the Way Most Convenient for You

There isn’t just one way to give back to the community.

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Vivian Lambert
pantry and soup kitchen coordinator

“With inflation right after the pandemic, a lot of people never really recovered.

We want to continue to give back, especially to the many working people who don’t have enough food.”

Park Café started decades ago to provide home-cooked meals to under-resourced older adults in the community. During the recession in 2008, when neighbors were losing jobs and homes, the cafe started serving people of all ages. Now, they’ve opened a food pantry to ensure neighbors in need have enough food throughout the week.

Read the story of how our partner is helping our neighbors in West Pullman

Vivian Lambert
pantry and soup kitchen coordinator


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. You can donate online, donate by mail, donate stocks & securities, give through donor advised funds or IRAs, create a monthly recurring donation and more.

Visit our donor portal to update your recurring donation details or payment method. Your profile is automatically created when you make an online gift.

You can access the donor portal by clicking the link in any donation receipts you receive via email or visit the portal directly and enter the email address that you used when you made the gift. You will be sent a login link that will allow you direct access to the donor portal.

Your profile will allow you to update your recurring donation amount, gift processing date, length of recurring plan, payment information or cancel a recurring gift. If you need additional assistance or if you’re unable to access your donor portal, please send us a message or call us at 773-247-3663.

We accept donations of goods 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.

You can donate online or send a check by mail. We accept online gifts via credit card, ACH Transfer, PayPal and mobile wallet (Apple Pay/Google Wallet).

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 give back to the community by providing 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.

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 comments section of the donation screen.

Take Action and Get Involved at the Food Depository Today

Donate your voice. Donate 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.

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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.