March 13, 2020
Our COVID-19 Response
The Food Depository stands ready to respond to increased need for food related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Find the latest information about our response here.
Our response in the news:
4/8: The Chicago Tribune — Shoppers are buying groceries online to stay safe during the pandemic, but Illinois’ 1.8 million food stamp recipients — who advocates say are at greater risk — can’t, thanks to red tape
4/7: Block Club Chicago – Movie Studio Becomes Food Bank Warehouse Serving Families Impacted By Coronavirus
4/6: Chicago Tribune – Commentary: Food insecurity adds to COVID-19 vulnerability for too many
Op-ed by Dr. Monica Peek, a member of the Food Depository’s board of directors
4/6: Daily Southtown – Column: South suburban food pantries change procedures while serving more people during coronavirus pandemic
4/3: Chicago Tribune – In Chicago-area food deserts, it’s getting even harder for residents to find fresh, healthy groceries because of the coronavirus
4/1: Coverage of our partnership with the United Center, which provided the Food Depository with storage space for more than 460,000 pounds of food boxes.
3/31: WGN Radio – How COVID-19 is increasing food insecurity in our community and what we can do to help
3/28: Chicago Tribune – Food-assistance agencies are gearing up for a wave of demand amid closings because of coronavirus
3/25: Good Morning America – Ways to volunteer from home and how to help food banks during coronavirus
Executive director and CEO Kate Maehr was featured on GMA as part of a report highlighting how food banks across the country are stepping up to serve the growing number of people in need.
3/25: Chicago Tribune – Commentary: Food pantries aren’t just about the food, especially during this pandemic
3/24: WGN – During tough times, Greater Chicago Food Depository continues to pack thousands of boxes
3/21: Chicago Tribune – Illinois’ stay-at-home order — aimed at curtailing spread of coronavirus — is now in effect; Pritzker asks former medical personnel to return and ‘join the fight’
Executive director and CEO Kate Maehr joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other local nonprofit leaders to inform community members about how to find food and ways they can help.
3/18: Fox32 – Greater Chicago Food Despository rises to help those going hungry during coronavirus outbreak
3/17: WBEZ’s Reset with Jenn White
Greg Trotter, senior manager of public relations, spoke with White about the increased risk for food insecurity caused by COVID-19 and how people can help.
3/17: ABC7 – Emergency food boxes prepared by Greater Chicago Food Depository as food insecurity grows during COVID-19 outbreak
3/13: Chicago Tribune – Column: Closing all Illinois schools, including CPS, means a lot of kids will need food. Meet some of the people stepping in to help.