Feeding Children During the School Year
Our partnerships with Chicago Public Schools and other local organizations ensure that children have the nutritious food they need to grow and succeed.
Healthy Student Markets
Healthy Student Markets (formerly Healthy Kids Markets) began as a partnership between the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Chicago Public Schools in 2010. Healthy Student Markets are market-style food distributions located in schools. They provide nutritious food to students and families who may not be able to visit a traditional food pantry.
The Food Depository provides a variety of healthy foods to stock the market, including:
- fresh fruits
- fresh vegetables
- shelf-stable items
- peanut butter
- and more.
Volunteers and staff from the school unload, set up and operate the market.
Since 2016, the Food Depository has also partnered with the City Colleges of Chicago to make Healthy Student Markets available on campus. These distributions reach the increasing number of students who are at risk of food insecurity.