Chicago Park District Food Drive Benefits Greater Chicago Food Depository at Select Park Locations

11/30/2012

Help donate non-perishable food items to Chicago Park District’s food drive, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) from Wed., Nov. 28 – Thurs., Dec. 13 at select park locations (see list of location below) and help feed more than 14,000 meals to families in need across the city!

During last year’s holiday season the Chicago Park District partnered with the City of Chicago and the GCFD to collectively raise over 14,000 pounds in food donations at various locations across the city.  With that contribution, the GCFD was able to feed over 10,000 Chicagoans in need. 
 
This year the Chicago Park District aims to raise the bar and collect 20,000 pounds in even more locations in November and December.  This would allow the GCFD to serve over 14,000 meals to families and individuals throughout their pantry network across the city.  
 
Donations of non-perishable foods will be accepted at the following locations from Wed., Nov. 28 through Thurs., Dec. 13:  
  • Administration Building, 541 N. Fairbanks Ct.
  • Tarkington Park, 3344 W. 71st St. 
  • Mt Greenwood Park , 3721 W. 11th St. 
  • Jesse Owens Park, 8800 S. Clyde St. 
  • Washington Park, 5531 S. King Dr. 
  • West Pullman Park, 401 W. 123rd St. 
  • Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave. 
  • Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento Ave. 
  • Piotrowski Park, 4247 W. 31st St. 
  • McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 
  • Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave. 
  • Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave. 
  • Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave. 
  • Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr. 
  • Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley Blvd. 
  • Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma Ave. 
The following non-perishable food items are suggested:  beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, chili, jelly, Macaroni and Cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, shelf-stable milk, soup, stew, and tuna. 
 
The fact is people are struggling to access nutritious food.  Right now the food insecurity rate in Cook County is 15.6 percent, meaning 807,690 people are unsure of when they will have their next meal.  In some communities, the food insecurity rate is as high as 1 in 3.  With the support from the Chicago Park District food drive, the GCFD can provide food to these communities during challenging times.
 
For more information about GCFD, go to www.chicagosfoodbank.org
 

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