Our impact is made possible in large part by partners like you. Your efforts will directly affect adults, families and children facing hunger in our community.
Host a Kids Cafe
Kids Cafe® is a national initiative of Feeding America administered locally by the Greater Chicago Food Depository. When you host a Kids Cafe, you’ll be providing nutritious meals and enrichment activities that support physical and academic potential among children and teens. Your participation frees up food purchasing funds for other programs and helps struggling families stretch their food budgets. Children get an opportunity to connect with their peers along with a healthy meal.
- If you are providing structured enrichment programming after the school day ends, either on-site or virtually, and are interested in after-school meals, please apply now to become a partner site.
- If your organization is a Learning Hub, where students can spend the day with supervision while completing their online learning: please apply to become a partner site. Our Youth Programs team will reach out to you about supporting your needs.
Host a Summer Meals Program
The Summer Food Service Program provides healthy meals to help fill the gap during the summer when children are out of school. This federally-funded program enables eligible organizations to serve free meals to children and teens.
The Food Depository is currently accepting applications to host a summer meal program in 2021. Apply now.
Offer Benefits Assistance
When more agencies are informed about the SNAP application process and its requirements, more individuals and families can get the assistance they need to access benefits. Our Benefits Outreach staff offer hands-on workshops that help agencies answer client questions.
This training is intended for those who have direct contact with clients who may be eligible for SNAP, and for those who want to learn more about the SNAP program. For more information, please call 773-843-5416 and press option 2, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.