Generous friends of the Food Depository pledged $1,000,000 in matching funds once we raise at least $1,000,000 in new donations. Help us rise to the challenge and make more meals possible.
About the Million Dollar Challenge
In response to the sustained crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the George and Cindy Rusu Family Foundation has provided an extraordinary Million Dollar Challenge to inspire new support to meet the unprecedented need for food assistance. George and Cindy Rusu will give $1,000,000 to the Food Depository if we raise $1,000,000 by October 31!
So far, our community of supporters have risen to the challenge to raise more than $4,000,000! The more funds we raise, the greater our shared impact in providing food and peace of mind during this critical time.
Your gift, when combined with those of other caring neighbors, will provide food – and hope – to those facing hunger. New, increased, and reactivated gifts all count toward our goal. Join us in showing what our community can accomplish when we unite to end hunger. Together, we are greater.
By making a gift to the Food Depository today, your impact could be doubled. Learn more about George and Cindy Rusu’s inspiration for issuing this transformational challenge.
Frequently Asked Questions
A new gift: a donation of any amount from an individual, company, foundation, or organization that has never before made a charitable gift to the Food Depository.
An increased gift: a donation in any amount that increases the donor’s total giving in 2020 above the previous year’s donation. Example: In 2019, a donor gave $25 to the Food Depository. This year, the donor increased their gift to $75. In this case, $50 of the donation (the increased gift amount) would qualify toward meeting the challenge total.
A reactivated gift: any gift received from a donor who has not made a charitable gift since December 2018 or earlier.
- Donate online.
- Mail a check to:
Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 W. Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
Please make checks payable to Greater Chicago Food Depository.
- Call our Development Services team at 773-247-3663 or send us a message.
Your donations are tax-deductible. The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Federal Tax ID (EIN): 36-2971864
While the Food Depository’s response to the pandemic has been strong, we know that the true impact of COVID-19 will last for months and years to come. Illinois’ most recently released unemployment rate is 15%. Our network of food pantries and programs have seen an increase in need of up to 120% (compared to January 2020).
Your generous gift, and the $1,000,000 it could unlock, will help us ensure that every resident of Cook County has access to the food they need to thrive.