Our impact is made possible in large part by members like you. Your efforts will directly impact 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.
Applications to host a Kids Cafe in the 2020 school year are now available. Apply now to host after-school meals for youth. If your site offers remote learning, please apply. Our team will reach out to you about supporting your needs.
Host a Summer Meal Program
During the summer, children are at an increased risk of hunger because they no longer receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school. In 2019, the Food Depository distributed 447,000 meals in partnership with 230 summer feeding sites.
The application to host a summer meal program in 2020 is now closed. Learn more about summer meals.
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.