CHICAGO, November 13, 2020 — WGN Morning News hosted its 7th Annual Holiday Food Drive at the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Friday, Nov. 20. This year’s food drive was virtual due to the pandemic; all monetary donations go toward feeding people facing hunger. The fundraiser on WGN-TV has raised over $50,000 – Donations will continue to be accepted throughout the day. Please donate!
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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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