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CHICAGO, November 22, 2019 – The WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Food Drive held its sixth annual event this morning from 5-10am, with donated food going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. With an increase of +300%, the drive collected 25,600 pounds of food or 21,000 meals! The five-hour food drive took place at the WGN-TV Studios; viewers were invited to stop by to donate canned goods and packaged foods.
The first 10 vehicles who dropped off donations received a pair of tickets to an upcoming Blue Man Group show. As well, Hills Bros. presented a check for $1,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and gave donors samples of their cappuccino and coffee single-serve packets. Finally, partner Abt Electronics generously donated $1,500 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Aurelio’s Pizza also donated $1,000.
Many area high schools ran local drives in their schools this year and then stopped by WGN-TV to drop off donations. Schools include: Proviso East High School, Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park, Vaughn Occupational High School, Crete-Monee High School and Gage Park High School.
The 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.