Food drives are an important source for donated food products. Without the food collected from food drives, the
Food Depository would need to purchase even more food than we already do. Traditional food drive donations provide a wide variety of high
quality, shelf-stable food products; however, you can now purchase even more food without spending more money by hosting a virtual food drive using our online
grocery store. For every $1 dollar donated using our online grocery store, the Food Depository is able to provide 3 meals. By purchasing food in very large
quantities, the Food Depository is able to purchase the food at cost or at much lower rates than the average consumer, so your
monetary gifts will help us continue to fulfill our mission with the most impactful outcome.
Food drives don’t just help us feed those who are struggling with hunger; they help us spread awareness and bring attention to
hunger and hunger-related issues.
Where Do Food Donations Go?
We invite you to come see the impact of your food drive contributions. Join us for a one hour, behind the scenes tour of our
facility to meet members of our team, learn about food warehouse operations and storage, and discover more about the innovative
programs that help distribute the food to your neighbors in need.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository has committed to providing items in five categories to agency partners year-round to ensure the adequate supply, delivery and access to healthy food options for all
people in need.
Fruit / Vegetable
Shelf Stable Grocery Products
Be sure to download our Most Needed Items shopping list before heading to the store or Shop Now in our online grocery store, stocked with a variety of our core items.