CHICAGO, November 25, 2020 – WGN Morning News held its seventh annual food drive as a virtual event on Friday, November 20, with nearly $60,000 in funds raised and all going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s food drive was virtual and all monetary donations went towards feeding people facing hunger. The five-hour fundraiser was launched during WGN Morning News, but donations were accepted all weekend.
Many families are experiencing hunger for the first time because of layoffs, furloughs, and other economic disruptions due to the pandemic. The Food Depository’s network of food pantries and similar programs are serving an average of + 50% more people in need compared to January figures.
Around Town’s Ana Belaval reported live from the Food Depository.
Belaval has recently visited multiple food pantries within the Food Depository’s network to gain a better understanding of the surge in need for food assistance during the pandemic.
Many families are experiencing hunger for the first time because of layoffs, furloughs and other economic disruptions due to the pandemic. The Food Depository’s network of food pantries and similar programs is serving an average of + 50% more people in need compared to January figures.
Viewers are encouraged to donate early at WGNTV.com/FoodDrive or text WGN to 41444 (message and data rates may apply)
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Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 700 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 70-million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 159,000 meals every day. For more information, visit ChicagosFoodBank.org or call 773-247-FOOD.
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