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.


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!

Our Residents Speak…


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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Bring Your Bags!

Reusable BagsDo you have reusable bags that you aren’t using? Our food pantry patrons would love to use your bags! CCO would like to be plastic bag free so join us in our efforts by dropping off your reusable bags at 4628 North Clifton Avenue in Chicago. Check back with us for more information…

Thank you!