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Greater Chicago Food Depository

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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services

Mission: Providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community

Geographic areas served: Cook County

Programs:

  • Food bank operations to provide emergency food assistance in Cook County, Illinois through solicitation, storage and distribution of donated purchased, and government food through a network of more than 700 partner agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.
  • Programs to alleviate food insecurity among priority populations including children, older adults, veterans, and unemployed/underemployed adults. Initiatives include after-school and summer meals for children, food distributions for older adults, veterans' food pantries, benefits access outreach, and workforce development.
  • Mobile responses to reach underserved populations, including Producemobiles to distribute fresh fruit and vegetables in areas of unmet need, Mobile Pantry programs to provide a variety of nutritious food outside the hours of traditional food distributions, and FRESH Trucks to offer fresh produce at community health centers.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello, My name is Chef Sean , Chef Instructor and Director for an after school program that teaches children and families how to cook and eat a well balanced meal. I read GCFD 's mission and I think what they are doing to solve the hunger problem in large cities like Chicago is amazing. It takes many employees and volunteers to achieve the mission and bring happiness to every community. Someday, I would like to employee my culinary skills, education and passion towards helping folks cokk healthy meals while receiving the food products. Great Job!

Donor

Rating: 5

GCFD does food rescue and distribution to many or most Chicago-area food pantries. Their work is vital. I've never been asked to opt-in to any sort of email service, and I've been a donor for over 20 years.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really like the work this organization does and I would like to give them a 5-star review. The organization has a good impact on the society trying to end starving. The hard work of this organization has helped many homeless people and given them hope for survival. However, the charity did made a mistake when they required everyone to automatically opt-in to email marketing when making a donation. Such a move doubt my thought about the organization at first, but I still liked the organization. I admire the hard work the organization does to help homeless people.

3

Donor

Rating: 3

I have donated to this organization more than once and really like the work that they do so I wish I could give them a 5-star review. Unfortunately the charity made the bizarre decision to require anyone making a donation to automatically opt-in to email marketing. You are simply told that if you make a donation and don't have a profile with them you WILL receive updates. Within a couple minutes of my donation my first two "updates" hit my inbox. One update had my tax receipt attached and the other had the username and password for my new profile that they had automatically set up for me. Both of these updates also admonished me to give the charity money, even though I had just done so. The only way out of these marketing emails is to log in to the newly created profile and THEN opt out through your profile preferences. I know if a corporation did this I would simply take my online shopping elsewhere so I see no reason that a charity should be able to get away with it.

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