Monday, June 26, 2006

Chicago's Hungry Need Help

Campaign asks people to "Fight Empty Plates"

June is Hunger Awareness Month

Almost 90,000 men, women and children each week rely on food provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository to a network of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout Cook County, according to a recent study.

And the hungry aren't always who we think they are. In that same study, researchers found that:
  • 39 percent of households are among the working poor
  • 33 percent of clients are children
  • 22 percent live in the suburbs
  • Only 9 percent are homeless.
To support hunger-relief efforts throughout Chicagoland this month and throughout the year, the McCormick Tribune Foundation and its Chicago partners are joining together to help fight hunger. In our city of plenty, there is no reason that men, women and children should be hungry.

In a year-long effort, we are asking Chicagoans to help "Fight Empty Plates." One of the best ways to "Fight Empty Plates" is to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, a not-for-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Join us in the fight against hunger by volunteering or donating===>Click headline to donate . . .

The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to almost a half-million adults and children every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed more than 40 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of more than 84,000 meals every day. Innovative training programs and initiatives developed by the Food Depository also work to provide men, women and children with the tools necessary to break their individual cycles of poverty.To contact Greater Chicago Food Depository by mail, send to Ruth Igoe, Director of Communications, 4100 West Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL60632-3920.

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