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Programs and Services to End Hunger in Chicago

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Children’s & School-Based Programs

Children need nutritious food to grow and learn. Our programs in schools and community sites ensure that children have access to food all year long. The Lunch Bus program provides summer meals. Kids Cafes combine nutritious food and academic enrichment programs during the school year.

Programs for Children

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Older Adult Programs

Older adults are a vulnerable group and numbers are on the rise. We deliver fresh produce and shelf-stable food items to Older Adult Markets to help them eat well with limited funds.

Food for Older Adults

Chicago's Community Kitchens
Job Training

Chicago’s Community Kitchens, our workforce training program, prepares unemployed adults for productive careers in the culinary and hospitality fields. This free 14-week program prepares students to work in professional kitchens, including restaurants, school foodservice, catering and more.

Chicago’s Community Kitchens

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Mobile Programs

Everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food, no matter where they live. Our Mobile Pantry and Producemobile® bring nutritious food into areas of unmet need.

Producemobiles and Mobile Pantries

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Benefits Outreach

We assist people with accessing federal benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP) and Medicaid. These benefits help residents of our communities access health services and afford the food they need.

Benefits Outreach

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Veterans’ Programs

We serve those who have served our country. The Food Depository is committed to supporting Cook County veterans through programs and partnerships. Food pantries in two local VA medical centers distribute nutritious food to thousands of veterans each month. The semi-annual Veteran Stand Down event provides food, clothing, medical care, and shelter for veterans experiencing homelessness.

Programs for Veterans

Nutrition Education Class

Health & Nutrition

Nourishing food is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. The Food Depository partners with local health systems to increase access to healthy food. Programs like our Fresh Truck help people prevent or manage diet-related health conditions.
We also offer a range of nutrition education programs and resources.

Get Nutrition Resources