Save the date! The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) has announced that the 31st Annual Hunger Walk will be held June 25, 2016 at Jackson Park. Join Team CCO as we raise hunger awareness and raise CCO’s food credit with the GCFD. This family-friendly walk through Chicago’s beautiful Jackson Park, helps CCO fight food insecurity through meals for our shelter guests and groceries for our food pantry attendees.
This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The National Coalition for the Homeless created the week to help break down the myths and misinformation surrounding hunger and homelessness in America. Visit our Facebook page to see daily posts that focus on legislation and information about poverty in America and find out what you can do to help.
Cornerstone Community Outreach would like to thank Scholle Packaging for organizing over 35 volunteers to walk on our behalf in the 30th Annual Hunger Walk! In just a few short hours their efforts equated to over 8,200 lbs of food and effectively impacting the lives of hundreds of residents and community members in need this year. Thank you Scholle Packaging and coordinator Nancy Johnson for all you efforts and choosing to walk for a cause!
The 30th Annual Hunger Walk is less than two days away! We’re excited to welcome you to Soldier Field on Saturday, June 20 for what will be a fun and inspirational morning. Here are a few last-minute reminders before the Hunger Walk:
Then complete your Eventbrite online registration if you haven’t done so already. This will significantly speed up your check-in process at the Hunger Walk. Make sure to print your ticket and bring it with you, or download the ticket to your phone.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the walk steps off at 8:30 a.m.
This year, there will be a 1K course, in addition to the usual 5K path. View the route map here. If you begin the walk between 9:30 – 10:15 a.m., you will only be able to walk the shorter course, as the City of Chicago has requested that both courses be clear by 11 a.m.
If you are walking with a team, please contact them to determine your meeting location for the Hunger Walk.
A limited amount of free parking is available in the Waldron Deck and the South Lot. Paid overflow parking is available in the Museum Campus lots. Buses will park in the South Lot.
The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid-80s. Temperatures are generally cooler near the lake, so please dress accordingly.
Join the conversation on social media! The event hashtags are #HungerWalk and #No1ShouldGoHungry. Be sure to follow @FoodDepository on Twitter and like us on Facebook for updates leading up to and during the Hunger Walk.
We look forward to seeing you at Soldier Field on Saturday for the 30th Annual Hunger Walk!
Special thanks to Helle Family who join us each year for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk 5k. The Helle Families walk creates a 1,070 food credit for CCO. The credit from our walkers ensures that our shelter guests eat warm, nutritious meals, and groceries are given to our food pantry patrons. Visit our Hunger Walk page to register to walk or donate today!
The walk begins on June 20th at 8am at Soldier Field. The course weaves through Chicago’s beautiful lakefront paths. Help fight hunger in Chicago by joining us for the Hunger Walk! Thanks!
The Chicago Police Department and Mariano’s Grocery Stores have joined forces to help fight hunger in Chicago. Shop at Mariano’s – Edgewater located at 5201 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago and purchase a pre-stuffed $5 or $10 bag of groceries that will go to one of food pantry patrons.
The 2013 Hunger and Homelessness Survey from the United States Conference of Mayors cited that 83% of cities had increased requests for food assistance and 91% reported that they had an increase in people asking for food assistance for the first time. This information confirms that many American’s experience food insecurity.
In 2014, CCO served over 236,600 plates of nutritious food and distributed over 7,500 bags of groceries. Be a part of CCO! Be a part of the fight against hunger!
Consider making a financial donation or volunteering today!
Recently, CCO received this sweet letter from a young supporter:
“Dear Cornerstone, I am giving you $11.00 so you can feed the poor people and give them drinks. You guys could buy some nice hot soup so the poor people will have nice delicious hot soup.”
Wow! We are never too young (or too old) to care for others! If you are interested in donating to CCO click the donate button on the right. Your support helps homeless families and individuals receive safe shelter, nutritious meals, and intensive case management services.
This week, many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving by enjoying a special meal with friends and family. CCO shelter guests are no exception. We are planning a yummy Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. While Thanksgiving is a special day with a special meal, everyday nutritious meals are served from the CCO kitchen. We are honored to fight hunger by preparing and serving food to hundreds of shelter guests each day.
For over 15 years CCO has enjoyed a valuable partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). The GCFD is Chicago’s food bank supplying over 650 pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters across the city. From July 2013 through June 2014 CCO received 502,000 pounds of food from GCFD, with an estimated value of $806,000. Fresh fruits and vegetables accounted for 25% of the total. Through our fabulous Hunger Walkers, grants and subsidies, we paid nothing for these valuable food items and have a remaining food credit of $1,506. The benefits are astonishing! We want to say a special thank you to our Hunger Walkers, GCFD, and all who have served or supported our meal programs. Thank you!
From feedingamerica.org September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve it.
Join us this September. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to those in need. Together, we can solve hunger!™