Friday, August 29, 2014
During Hunger Action Month this September, the Greater Chicago Food Depository is encouraging those in Cook County to raise awareness and take action. There are a number of ways to get involved:
Go orange to show your support of hunger-relief.
Change your social media profile picture to the image above during the month of September to raise awareness for the issue of hunger in our community. Or, wear orange to show your support.
Step into the shoes of someone who's hungry. Take the SNAP Challenge.
The SNAP Challenge asks participants to live on just $35 of food for a week - the average weekly SNAP benefit for an individual in Illinois. The Challenge highlights the difficult decisions many in our community must make every day as they struggle to afford food. Read the SNAP Challenge guidelines.
Sign the Social Donation Plate
Visit thedonationplate.org and join Chicago sports teams and celebrities in the fight against hunger by signing their virtual donation plate or by starting your own. Then, pass it to friends on social media to spread the word and help fill the plates of hungry men, women and children in our community.
These are just a few ways to take action during Hunger Action Month. Visit chicagosfoodbank.org/HAM to find more ways to get involved.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
|Click above to view an interactive Story Map that follows the Lunch Bus across Cook County.|
The Southwest City route takes the Lunch Bus through Cicero, South Lawndale, Mckinley Park, West Englewood and more. At each stop, there are stories to tell. There is joy, as children laugh, eat and play together. There are also children in need and families who struggle to make ends meet.
This interactive Story Map captures one day of distributing summer meals along the Southwest City Lunch Bus route, with different stories, quotes and insight from each stop. Click the picture above to view the Story Map.
For more information about the Lunch Bus or the Food Depository's response to summer hunger, or to find summer meal sites, visit chicagosfoodbank.org.
Friday, June 27, 2014
|From left to right, Valeria, Guadalupe and Roberto received summer meals at a Lunch Bus stop in Chicago Heights.|
Friday, June 20, 2014
|Whether homeless, employed or retired, Derrick can count on Grant Memorial AME's soup kitchen and food pantry for a consistent source of quality food.|
Thursday, June 19, 2014
- Lisa: I walk to help those who need it. You never know what curves life will throw your way. One day I, or a friend or family member, may need to utilize a food pantry.
- Being undernourished should not exist as a roadblock to reaching one's full potential in our society.
- Rachel: I walk for the individuals and families who need it.
- Chicago Tribune Community Giving: There are too many people without food. This is a great cause to help others right here in our city.
- Mae: I walk because I don’t think that in 2014 people should be walking around hungry and homeless every day.
- Reginald: I’m walking because I appreciate the pantry giving me food!
- Monique: Stopping hunger motivates me to walk!
- Nessa: I know that it could be me on the streets, homeless and hungry. For this reason – it keeps me humble.
- Redeeming Grace Pantry: We walk because together, we can end hunger.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
|Bob "Ziggy" Anderson takes a 10-minute walk to the St. Ignatius Church Food Pantry each time he visits. The items he receives from the pantry – as well as the exercise he gets on the way there – help keep him healthy.|
Anderson, a resident of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, goes by the
nickname Ziggy. It helps him stand out, he says.