Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Lunch Bus program has been around since 2010. It makes 21 stops and serves 1,000 meals a day during the summer.(Credit: Lisa Fielding)

Volunteers Spread The Word About Summer Meals In Chicago

Volunteers from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and COFI (Community Organizing and Family Issues) go door-to-door to let residents in the Lawndale neighborhood know about summer meals.


Hundreds of kids joined the Greater Chicago Food Depository, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Chicago Summer Meals Working Group to kick off Cook County's summer meals program on Wednesday at Dunbar Park. (Credit: Greater Chicago Food Depository)

Annual Summer Lunch Program For Needy Kids Launches In Chicago

Organizations that host free summer meal programs for needy children kicked off their annual effort to make sure those kids get healthy food at a time of year when they often struggle to get the nutrition they need.


A sign marks the entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on May 30, 2014 in Hines, Illinois. Hines, which is located in suburban Chicago, has been linked to allegations that administrators kept secret waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals so hospital executives could collect bonuses linked to meeting standards for rapid treatment. Today, as the scandal continued to grow, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned from his post. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Food Pantry Opens At Hines VA Hospital

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has opened a food pantry at Hines VA Hospital near Maywood. It’s the food charity’s second such pantry. The first opening was last year at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital in the Illinois Medical District on the West Side.


The Greater Chicago Food Depository Lunch Bus. (Credit: Greater Chicago Food Depository)

Lunch Buses Providing Free Summer Meals To Chicago Area Kids

Summer means no homework and plenty of time to play, but for many local kids it’s also a challenge to find something to eat, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Thousands Walk Along Lakefront To Fight Hunger

Thousands of people came out to Chicago’s lakefront Saturday morning to help in the fight against hunger.


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Holiday Push On For Charity Donations

Daniel Borochoff of the independent watchdog group CharityWatch said charitable giving is up a bit this year among people with higher incomes, especially in giving stocks.



Best Places In Chicago To Give Back This Holiday Season

Why wait until New Year’s Day to start your resolution to volunteer? Consider checking out the following five Chicago-area organizations that can use volunteers this holiday season.



Best Alternatives To Shopping On Black Friday In Chicago

This Black Friday, skip the shopping mall and spend time outdoors or helping others with these five suggestions.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick With Governor Quinn at the Greater Chicago  Food Depository. (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

Massachusetts Governor Pays Up On Bet With Governor Quinn

It was pay up time at the Greater Chicago Food Depository as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick returned to his hometown to settle his wager with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.


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Thousands Take Part In Food Depository’s Annual Hunger Walk

Thousands of men, women and children walked to end hunger in our community during the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 28th Annual Hunger Walk.


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Number Of Food Insecure People Continues To Swell In Chicago Area

We’ve seen signs the economy is improving, but a new report today reveals many people here in the Chicago area are still struggling and the number is growing.



Best Places To Make Holiday Gift Donations In Chicago

Chicago is abundant in luxury shops and fun winter festivals but it is also packed with those in need this holiday season. Take this opportunity to find a way to help others through a holiday gift donation.


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Governor Urges Illinoisans To Help Food Banks

Gov. Pat Quinn is reminding state residents to support food banks around Illinois during the holiday season and throughout the year.


Mother Betty Price feeds the homeless of Englewood. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Mother Betty Price, Cook To The Less Fortunate

This is known as the season for giving, but in Englewood there is a woman who gives year-round. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


One City, One Food Drive

Chicagoans Urged To Donate Food For ‘One City, One Food Drive’

Hunger is a growing problem this year, with many families who never thought they would have trouble putting food on the table really struggling because of the economy.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2011

File Photo: Grocery store (Photo credit Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Study Finds 1 in 5 Chicagoans Are Hungry

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has, for the first time, done a neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown of hunger in the Chicago area.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2011

A Greater Chicago Food Depository truck is loaded. (CBS)

Social Service Agencies Feeling The Fuel Pinch, Too

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, which distributes tons of food across the region, is straining under the cost of keeping its delivery trucks on the road. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Debit cards replaced paper food stamp coupons in 2004. (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Food Stamp Surge In Illinois

Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in December, showing no signs of an economic recovery, and area food pantries say they’ve continued to see more people asking for help.