29th Annual Hunger Walk
On Saturday, June 21st, the Greater Chicago Food Depository held their 29th annual Hunger Walk. Thousands of men, women and children gathered on Chicago’s lakefront to raise funds and awareness for the fight to end hunger in Cook County. The Hunger Walk was a memorable day where organizations, businesses and individuals of all types came together and raised their collective voice to say that No 1 Should Go Hungry. The 5K, 3.1 mile Hunger Walk benefits pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County that are members of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s network.
Over 15,000 people attended. Marillac St. Vincent Family Services had about 100 people representing our food pantries, enough to fill 3 school buses. The Marillac team included food pantry recipients, volunteers, and staff members from Marillac and St. Vincent's.
Thanks to Whitney Allen, Kathy Slover, and Jenny Mohan for organizing the walk for our Centers. Also a big thanks to Becca and Jackie, Marillac’s Americorps volunteers who recruited pantry clients, community members and staff to walk. Thanks to the staff who work at both centers in Outreach and Family service for their dedication in empowering our families by offering them such needed resources.
Our pantry clients were happy to be a part of doing something to deal with the hunger problem in Chicago. In Chicago, 1 in 6 individuals are hunger insecure not knowing where their next meal is coming from. The food pantries at both Centers provide a very critical service to our families who fall into this category. The staff at our pantries are very respectful to all who come. The Greater Chicago Food Depository deposits $12 into the food pantry for every walker, which enables us to purchase over thousands of pounds of food for the food pantries every year.
You can still contribute to this amazing cause and event. The Greater Chicago Food Depository will match any donations made by July 31st, up to $1,000.
Help us make the most of our Hunger Walk efforts!
GCFD will match up to $1,000 on our fundraising!
-If we raise $500, we will receive a $100 match
-If we raise $2,500, we will receive a $500 match
-If we raise $5,000, we will receive a $1,000 match