Young volunteers pose with bread during a repack session

Youth Education & Leadership

The Nourish 101 Curriculum

Food basket


Grades 1-3

Increase awareness about food security and healthy food choices.

Children volunteering


Grades 4-6

Develop an understanding of the need for food assistance and what resources are available for families.

Kids with Help Stop Hunger sign


Grades 7-8

Encourage students to take action and prevent hunger in the communities where they live, learn and play.

Food Justice Leadership Program

Service Learning for High School Students

High school students can complete service learning hours and develop leadership skills at the Food Depository. The Food Justice Leadership Program is a free program for teens. Cohorts take place in the spring, summer and fall. Participants will:

  • Complete volunteer hours at the Food Depository
  • Visit food assistance programs in the community
  • Develop and present their own service learning projects

Applications for the Food Justice Leadership Program are now available.
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Host a Youth Event

Contact us for more information on our programming for children and teens. We offer volunteer experiences at the Food Depository and at select sites in Cook County.

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