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Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Make a Difference by Giving Back to End Hunger.

Let’s help our neighbors across Chicago and Cook County – together.



Take action now to help end hunger across Chicago and Cook County. Every $1 you give today will help provide 6 meals for families facing hunger.

Ways to Help

With Your Help – Ending Hunger is Possible

Whether you’re giving back by yourself or with your family, you can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and in our communities.


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


Explore our 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.

Virtual food drive

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

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Discover more about food insecurity 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 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
Violet and parents
food pantry volunteer

"Just helping people."

Violet has a simple answer for what she enjoys most about volunteering with people. For years, Violet and her parents have helped at a food pantry in our community – making a difference together as a family.

Read Violet's story

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Youth Volunteer Opportunities In Support Of Local Food Pantries

You’re never too young to become an advocate for change. Children 5-11 are welcome to become a volunteer and support our neighbors in Chicago and Cook County.

For Children Ages 5-11

Our Kids Day is hosted on one Saturday monthly for families and groups with little ones who want to get involved.

For Children 11 and Older

Volunteers over the age of 11 including youth groups can join our repack sessions at our warehouse and assist at FRESH Truck distributions in the community. We ask for one adult chaperone for every 10 youth.


Get Opportunities to Give Back in Your Inbox

We’ll send you the latest updates on hunger, giving back opportunities and news about our programs so you can make a bigger impact.

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Explore Other Individual and Family Opportunities to End Food Insecurity

The Food Depository offers a variety of opportunities for you to create lasting change for your community.

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Receive monthly updates with social posts to share, emails to forward and simple actions to help spread the word online about food insecurity.

Shop online

Shop fun apparel and accessories for yourself, friends and family and support our work to end hunger.

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Support our programs and services when you shop or dine by checking out our current partnerships benefiting our mission.

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If you need help, or know someone who does, learn about the food and benefit programs that can offer support.

Together We Can Make an Impact

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


Every Action Helps End Hunger

Your support helps nourish our neighbors in need.

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