AT NO COST TO YOU, GET FUNDING FOR Greater Chicago Food Depository WHEN YOU:
Buy a Home / Sell a Home / Lease Commercial Property

Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Help Feed the Hungry

The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) is not only providing food for the hungry in Cook County, Illinois, but is attacking the root causes of hunger to put a stop to the epidemic once and for all. As a member of Investing In Communities®, GCFD  can receive funding as a result of essentially any brokered real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, and commercial leases. When you choose to engage a real estate agent through Investing In Communities, you can directly support GCFD, at no cost to you, as they work to eliminate hunger in Chicago. 

Since its founding in 1978, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has been Chicago’s leading food bank. While hunger is a terrible difficulty facing too many Chicago residents today, supplying families with food enables them to concentrate on improving other aspects of their life, such as education. GCFD leads the fight against hunger with a wide range of programs. These include supplying Chicago’s community kitchens, running the Chicago Food Bank, and running programs for everyone in need, from the elderly to kids in school. Partnering with the Chicago Food Bank, they have helped establish food pantries for college students, part of an effort to empower students looking to better their lives through education, and in turn, better their community. 

Children and School-based Programs

Without proper nourishment, children do not grow and prosper the way they should. The GCFD invests in Cook County children with two year-round programs:

  • Healthy Student Market is an on-campus program that distributes nutritious food for children from families that cannot regularly take advantage of food pantries. 
  • Rise and Shine Illinois is an advocacy campaign aimed at helping legislators, children, parents, and teachers to understand the importance of eating a good breakfast every day. 

Older Adult Programs

A large portion of the people served by the Greater Chicago Food Depository are older adults afflicted by  sometimes-severe food insecurity. To make sure retired senior citizens of Cook County with tight fixed incomes have access to nutritious food, GCFD provides: 

  • Older Adult Community Markets – With ten locations, these markets have helped thousands of elderly Cook County residents. 
  • Food Delivery – Since 2007, this program has delivered groceries to low income seniors on a tight budget to enable them to cook healthy, affordable meals in their homes. 

Veterans Programs

In support of the many military veterans who live in Cook County in poverty, the GCFD steps in to help with:

  • VA food pantries;
  • Veterans Stand Down Events. Twice a year, the food depository provides veterans with food, shelter, clothing and medical care over the course of several days.  

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Helps Supply Chicago’s Community Kitchens 

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about feeding the hungry can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support GCFD’s mission of eliminating hunger by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, Illinois

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