That was more evident than ever before in fiscal year 2015 – 2016, as 23,594 individuals volunteered with the Food Depository – breaking the organization’s record for most volunteers in a year.
Our volunteers are second to none. They’re such a vital part of our response to hunger. Their dedication is inspiring and we couldn’t feed our hungry neighbors without them.”
- Jill Zimmerman, Vice President of Development, GCFD
Overall, volunteers donated nearly 100,000 hours last year. Check out some volunteer highlights from the year below:
225,600 POUNDS OF FOOD
More than 225,600 pounds of food rescued from food shows
30,000 POUNDS COLLECTED
Volunteers distributed thousands of food drive bags to commuters at Union Station, Millennium Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center, resulting in nearly 30,000 pounds of food drive donations, which were collected by volunteers the following day.
98,837 lbs CORN & SQUASH
Volunteers rolled their sleeves up and harvested 98,837 pounds of sweet corn and squash from a farm in Marengo. The produce was loaded onto a Food Depository truck and distributed in the community just days later.
FRESH TRUCK LAUNCH
Food Depository volunteers were critical in the launch of the FRESH Truck, helping bag and distribute nutritious produce to food insecure individuals and families at health clinics in Cook County.
- Feeding a positive outlook for veterans >
- Starting the day healthy, not hungry: Advocacy initiatives expand school breakfast, SNAP >
- Promoting health with produce: FRESH Truck officially launches >
- Summer partnerships >
- Food Depository launches Cook County Food Access Task Force >
- Walking to end hunger >
- Never fighting hunger alone: Volunteer participation breaks record in 2015 >
- SNAP team connects thousands to benefits >