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Greater Chicago Food Depository
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K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K31 Food Banks, Food Pantries
P Human Services
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The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 58 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 119,000 meals every day. The Food Depository’s programs and services for children, older adults and the unemployed and underemployed address the root causes of hunger.
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Ms. Kate Maehr
Kate Maehr joined the Greater Chicago Food Depository in 1996 and has been its executive director since 2006. Through her leadership, the Food Depository has focused its efforts on eliminating the unmet need for food in priority communities across Cook County. Kate possesses a passionate commitment to building partnerships with other social service organizations and raising awareness of the issue of hunger in our community.
Before becoming executive director, Kate oversaw the Food Depository’s fundraising, public policy and communications initiatives. She led the Food Depository’s $30 million capital campaign that culminated with the opening of the food bank’s 268,000 square foot warehouse and training center in 2004. Prior to her experience at the Food Depository, Kate served for five years as the managing editor of a small, nonprofit literary publishing house in Minneapolis.
Kate holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin. Kate has been named one of Chicago’s “40 under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. She is the president of Feeding Illinois, the state’s coalition of food banks, and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. Kate and her husband, Sam, have two young sons.
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