Hunger Walk!

2013 hunger walk

Save the date! The Greater Chicago Food Depository is thrilled to announce that the 29th Annual Hunger Walk will take place June 21, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Join us and help alleviate hunger in Chicago. Keep checking back for more information!

To view last years photo album click here.

Thank you Pepsico and Quaker!

Pepsico & Quaker

We would like to thank the Pepsico company for their continued support of our programs here at CCO. In addition to sponsoring our monthly Men’s Barbershop Events, Pepsico also conducted a clothing drive which collected suits and business attire for our residents to wear for job interviews and apartment hunting.

Today we received a donation of 900 lbs. of Quaker Foods products from the Pepsico company. Good things are happening at CCO, and it’s the participation of our community partners that helps to make that happen! Thank you!

A Sparkling Kitchen

CCO Kitchen

The CCO kitchen prepares and serves hundreds of meals each day to our shelter guests.

Do you love to clean? Do you enjoy seeing stainless steel sparkle? Well, we have a volunteer opportunity for you. We are organizing an evening of cleaning in the CCO kitchen. Join us on Tuesday, February 18 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Email Eve at eve@ccolife.org to RSVP and to get more information. Thank you!

WIC

SamanthaWIC, provides healthy-food vouchers, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to roughly 9 million poor American women and their children. Many of our homeless families receive nutritious food and baby formula from this valuable program. The WIC program will no longer be providing this essential service by the end of the week due to the shutdown of the Federal Government. CCO will try to bridge huge gap that the loss of this program will create.

Consider donating today. Click on the ‘Donate’ button on the right. Thank you!

Plastic-bag Free!

Ruby and her reusable bagWe want to be plastic-free! Do you have reusable shopping bags that are just gathering dust? Drop them off any time at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago. They will be used for our food pantry program that provides nutritious food to over 125 households each week. Thank you!

Back-to-School

Back-to-SchoolChildren everywhere are gearing up for a new school year. At CCO we shelter over 100 children with their parents. Next week CCO will host a Back-to-School bash that will include pizza, sandwiches,homemade treats, the amazing dance group, Kuumba Lynx and Eddie Bocanegra, our inspirational speaker from the documentary, The Interrupters. Be sure to check back next week to view this years photo album!

Residents Comments…

Hunt.Fish.Feed. Menu

Hunt.Fish.Feed. came to CCO to serve up delicious salmon and venison taco’s for our shelter guests. The encouraging comments and letters keep coming in from our residents. Here are a few excerpts:

“The food was fresh and innovative. I always had a compunction about eating ‘Bambi’ (venison) but as I tore into that venison taco and had no remorse. And the salmon was so fresh it melted in my mouth.” – Ardeth V.

“Very stylish and gourmet. I can’t wait until they return!” – Gwendolyn J.

“The food was good. Thank you so much!” – Eric

Everyone at CCO raved about the delicious meal! To learn more about Hunt.Fish.Feed. and their efforts to fight hunger in America, click here.

Reusable Bags Please!

Coinstar and Redbox donated nearly 3,000 insulated bags! Thank you!

Coinstar and Redbox donated nearly 3,000 insulated bags! Thank you!

We want your reusable bags! If you have reusable bags you no longer need please drop them off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago. CCO is working to be “plastic-free.”

How will your donated bags be used? They will be given to our food pantry patrons who will fill them with nutritious food from our pantry. We are asking everyone to bring their bags back when they come back to the pantry. So, join us in this exciting change and donate your bags today. Thanks!

Our Residents Speak…

Hunt.Fish.Feed.2013

Recently, Hunt.Fish.Feed. came to CCO to prepare and serve salmon and venison tacos to our shelter guests. It was a delicious meal.

The following is a thank you note to Hunt.Fish.Feed from one of our shelter residents.

“Thank you so much for taking the time to fix us a special dinner. The tacos were really good. I thought they were made with ground beef (LOL)! This was the first time I tasted salmon. It went well with the dill sauce and lemon juice. It was delicious!”

Reusable Bags!

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CCO is working to be plastic-free! Today at the CCO Food bag Program, pantry patrons were given reusable bags for their can goods, produce and frozen meats.

Do you have reusable bags you would like to donate? Please bring them to 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago. Staff and neighbors donated a large quantity of … Read More