This week’s featured 50 Years 50 Charities team is the Chicago Can Cans. The team members are Sarah Evans, Alexander deHilster, Christina Chevallier and Julie Eplett.
The Chicago Can Cans selected a cause close to their hearts and home — the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Hunger is a worldwide problem and it definitely affects our families and neighbors” said Julie Eplett the team captain. She continued to say, “we chose a charity we felt would have a positive impact on our community.”
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank and offers relief not only to Chicago, but also the surrounding neighborhoods that struggle with hunger. They are fighting hunger one meal at a time. During the cold winter months many families are faced with the hard choice of buying food or heating their home, food pantries and programs are an essential resource during these challenging times.
To put our hunger challenge into perspective, 41.2 million Americans are often forced to skip meals, eat less, buy cheap non-nutritious food or feed their children, but not themselves. Of the 41.2 million Americans, 12.9 million are children. This means that 1 out of every 6 people in America face hunger.
The Chicago Food Depository is in partnership with more than 700 agencies and programs. This includes pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and programs focused on children, older adults and veterans. This network distributes food throughout Cook County. Last year, they distributed nearly 72 million pounds of food, 37% of which was fresh produce. Every day they distribute the equivalent of 164,000 meals. That is that is 60 million meals a year!
As part of M&IW’s Project Global Giveback which encourages employees to get involved and gives them time off to volunteer, the Chicago Can Cans shared a day of packing meals at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. They are also raising money for the 33rd Annual Hunger Walk on September 8, 2018. This is Chicago’s largest annual anti-hunger rally that raises funds and awareness to end hunger.
To learn more about the Chicago Food Depository, or to donate, please visit www.chicagofoodbank.org.