Hunger Awareness Month

Hunger Slider - Copy“For now I ask no more than the justice of eating.”
— Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet, Nobel Prize Winner

Join CCO in the fight against hunger in Chicago, where 1 in 6 people experience hunger and food insecurity. What is food insecurity? It’s when a person does not know whether they will be able to eat their next meal or meals because of lack of money.

At CCO, we are committed to offering nutritious meals to the hundreds of families and individuals who are sheltered with us. Food is a critical element in stabilizing a person’s health so that they are able to attend school, begin to recover from trauma, complete job training, access housing, and care for themselves and their family. In addition to our shelter guests, the CCO Food Pantry offers groceries to over 150 households each week.

Please consider making a donation to CCO today that will benefit those we serve and help them along the road to wellness. Click here to visit our donation page.

Can’t donate at this time? You can get involved by volunteering your time at CCO. We truly couldn’t fight poverty in Chicago without an army of valuable volunteers working alongside us. Serving meals, taking out the trash, cleaning, planting flowers, doing dishes, many hands make light work. Click here to visit our volunteer page.

Would you like to donate goods? Our CCO Free Store offers clothing and household items free of charge to everyone sheltered with us and many of our neighbors in need. The majority of the families and individuals who come to CCO for the first time have no income. Free clothing and shoes are necessary essentials. Gently-used items can be dropped off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago.

Are you an amateur athlete? CCO’s charitable fitness group, Team CCO, offers a fundraising avenue for those would like to run, walk, or climb their way to a better world. Click here to see what charitable fitness options are available to you.

Do you have a creative idea that will help people experiencing homelessness? Feel free to contact us at info@ccolife.org to make an inquiry.

Over 10,000 Pounds of Food!

Thank you to everyone who walked for CCO at this years Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) Hunger Walk. Those who joined us for the Hunger Walk helped to create over 10,000 pounds of food from the GCFD for CCO shelter guests and food pantry patrons.

Each day over 350 men, women, and children are sheltered at CCO. The CCO dining room offers nutritious meals to all our shelter guests. Each week over 150 households visit the CCO Food Pantry to choose from healthy grocery items.

If you weren’t able to join us for the Hunger Walk you can still make a donation that will make a difference for those we shelter. Safe shelter, nutritious meals, and intensive case management services, are a critical part of the services CCO offers to the families and individuals sheltered with us. Consider donating today!

 

Thank You Vaughn Occupational High School!

Vaughn Occupation High School

CCO wants to give a big thanks to the outstanding students and teachers from Vaughn Occupational High School! Every Wednesday Vaughn students come to the CCO Food Pantry to help give out nutritious food. They always have a smile for everyone who comes through the door. You guys are the best! Thanks!

The CCO Food Pantry gives out over 150 bags of nutritious food each week. The vast majority of pantry attendees are senior citizens who rely on pantry groceries to make it from month to month.

Are you interested in volunteering at CCO? We rely on our valuable volunteers to prep meals, serve food, clean, distribute food at our pantry, and do many other important tasks. Click here if you would like to find out more about volunteering at CCO.

1,070 Pounds of Food?

Hunger Walk - Helle's Post

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!

“Stuff The Squad”

 Marianos Main

Are you interested in donating nutritious food items to the CCO Food Pantry?

“Stuff The Squad”

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 event runs from May 2 – May 9. Time to shop!

Hunger & Food Assistance

CCO Food Pantry

In the 1960’s John F. Kennedy brought the issue of hunger and poverty to the forefront of American politics. He did so by reestablishing the Food Stamp Program that had begun several decades before. This government subsidized program has gone through several changes since its inception. In 2008, the Food Stamp Program became known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program has assisted hungry families and individuals throughout America to purchase nutritious foods from participating stores. Food assistance is offered to people at or below the poverty line.

In recent years these vital programs have been significantly reduced. In 2013, the federal government reduced the SNAP program by 5%. This may seem like a small reduction, but studies conducted by Feed America and the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) reflect a significant number of families and individuals who visit food pantries in order to pay for necessities, such as, medication, transportation, school, and utilities. We have found this to be true among our pantry attendees at CCO.

Food assistance for many people is a homeless prevention program. Meaning that a growing number of folks need consistent on-going food assistance in order to pay rent or cover the very basics of life. CCO’s food pantry program is one of our longest running services. We are grateful to be a positive help to our neighbors in need. Our weekly pantry is filled with nutritious foods, including fresh produce, from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The pantry is entirely staffed by faithful, hard working volunteers, some of attended the pantry in past years.

The food items and work force are provided without charge but we do have utility and security expenses. Consider donating today! Be a part of the good things that are happening every day at CCO!

Thank you!

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.

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!

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!