Our neighbors struggling with hunger face much different circumstances now than they did just a few years ago. They are low-income families. They are people living with diet-related health challenges. As the need changes, our response is evolving. We must do more to serve vulnerable populations and increase access to nutritious food throughout Chicago and Cook County.
The Food Depository is ready to take on this challenge.
Our Nourish renovation project will:
Provide more fresh fruits and vegetables by expanding our cold storage
Improve efficiency by remodeling shipping and receiving docks
Engage new anti-hunger leaders by updating our volunteer space
Ultimately, this project will advance our vision for a day when no one in our community goes hungry.
The Food Depository has outgrown its current building. Our distributions have doubled since 2004. Fresh produce is a large and growing part of the food we offer. We have begun renovations to make our facility more efficient and effective. In addition, our new volunteer experience will increase opportunities for children and families.
We must meet our hungry neighbors where they live and learn. We can do this through expanded partnerships at schools, health clinics, senior centers and residences. By continuing to engage elected officials, community leaders and the public, we will advance policies and solutions to solve the root causes of hunger.
To advance our vision of a healthy, hunger-free community, we will expand our Chicago’s Community Kitchens workforce training program and establish a new program to increase employment opportunities. We will be able to prepare nutritious meals for home delivery. We will also establish a nutrition education center to improve the health of our community.
Check this page for updates as the Nourish campaign moves forward. We will share plans and information here.
We are grateful for the generous support of donors who have made it possible for us to begin this work. Our expanded response cannot happen without the support and partnership of many. Contact us to find out how you can support this project.