Quigley Goes “Undercover” at Greater Chicago Food Depository
CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), went “undercover” at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) in the Lower West Side to learn more about the work GCFD is doing to end hunger in the city of Chicago.
“Today’s visit with the Greater Chicago Food Depository showed just what a good quality meal can mean to someone struggling to make ends meet,” said Rep. Quigley. “As we recognize National Nutrition Month this March, it is important to raise awareness about the root causes of hunger and how strong community-based responses, like those led by GCFD, can lead to happier and healthier lives for our most vulnerable neighbors. GCFD’s mission to ensure no Chicagoan goes hungry is not only benefiting its direct recipients, but every member of our city, which is stronger and safer thanks to these life-changing efforts.”
“Each year, the Food Depository is serving more than 812,000 individuals – 1 in 6 people in Cook County. While the need remains high, we’re grateful that lawmakers like Rep. Quigley believe, as we do, that no one should go hungry in our community,” said Kate Maehr, Food Depository executive director and CEO.
During his visit, Rep. Quigley learned how the Food Depository acquires, processes and distributes its inventory of food and supplies to pantries and other organizations across the city of Chicago. He then joined the Food Depository team in daily tasks, such as loading up trucks with products and making deliveries to local pantries. During one delivery, Rep. Quigley spoke with participants at a local church pantry to hear directly from the individuals and families the depository serves.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is the food bank that serves Cook County. Since their founding in 1979, the Food Depository has made a daily impact on hunger across Cook County, distributing the equivalent of 160,000 meals every day. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 70 million pounds of food, 35 percent of which was fresh produce. They partner with 700 agencies and programs including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters which directly aid children, older adults and veterans, and distributing food where it is needed most throughout Cook County.
Rep. Quigley’s “Undercover Congressman” series connects him with constituents at their place of employment to better understand the daily challenges they face in their industry and community. Since taking office in 2009, Rep. Quigley has performed a wide range of jobs as an Undercover Congressman, including cleaning animal pens as a zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo, delivering pizza for Leona’s in Lakeview, pouring metal at a local metal refinery and delivering mail with the United States Post Office.