Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Greater Chicago Food Depository

  • Chicago, IL
  • http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Chicago's Community Kitchens
  3. Kids Cafe
  4. SNAP Outreach

ruling year

1978

chief executive for fy 2006

Ms. Kate Maehr

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Keywords

hunger, food bank, food depository, poverty, Chicago, Illinois, volunteer, donate, food drive

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EIN

36-2971864

Also Known As

Food Depository

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (P31)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

The Food Depository's programs include Food Rescue, Produce People Share, Chicago's Community Kitchens and Kids Cafe. Food Rescue facilitates the collection of prepared and perishable foods from restaurants, caterers and commercial kitchens for immediate delivery to member agencies via refrigerated trucks. The Food Depository has more than 150 Food Rescue donors. Through Produce People Share, an average of 25,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables are distributed to agencies each weekday. Two Producemobiles,"farmer's markets on wheels," bring free produce directly to the people who need it in some of the County's most impoverished areas. Chicago's Community Kitchens is an intensive 12-week course that prepares unemployed and underemployed adults to acquire entry-level jobs in the foodservice industry. More than 300 students have graduated since the program's inception in 1998. Kids Cafes are after-school programs where children can get a nutritional meal in a safe and nurturing environment. Currently, there are more than 30 Kids Cafes in Cook County. The Food Depository has a vital volunteer program, with more than 8,000 volunteers donating 80,000 hours in Fiscal Year 2004-05. Annual events, such as the 5K Hunger Walk along Lake Michigan and the Bag Hunger Auction held each fall, raise funds to support the Food Depository's mission.

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Program 2

Chicago's Community Kitchens

Founded in 1998, Chicago’s Community Kitchens is a free, 14-week culinary training program for unemployed and underemployed adults. The program, located at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, prepares students for a productive career in foodservice by providing them with a solid foundation in food preparation. Students gain experience in a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen while preparing up to 12,500 nutritious meals each week for children at Kids Cafes, after-school programs in low-income areas.

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Adults

Program 3

Kids Cafe

The Kids Cafe® program is a national initiative of Feeding America and administered locally by the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Since 1993, the Food Depository’s Kids Cafes have partnered with after-school programs to provide hot meals, tutoring and other educational programs for children in a safe, nurturing environment. The Food Depository has launched more than 50 Kids Cafes, serving more than 2,500 children each day. Children received more than 450,000 meals from Kids Cafes in fiscal year 2008-2009.

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Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 4

SNAP Outreach

Since 2007, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has developed Food Stamp/SNAP outreach initiatives that include providing SNAP informational materials and conducting outreach visits to member agencies. During outreach visits, Food Depository staff and volunteers screen individuals for program eligibility and assist in completing the Food Stamp/SNAP application. Last year, Food Depository outreach coordinators provided assistance to nearly 1,200 households.

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Adults

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GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Greater Chicago Food Depository

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Kate Maehr

BIO

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.

Governance

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Todd E. Warnock

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