Amazon Donates $200,000 to Greater Chicago Food Depository

  • Amazon delivers more than smiles to the Greater Chicago Food Depository this week in Chicago, Illinois. Jim Conwell, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at the Greater Chicago Food Depository receives a check from Amazon Driver Tina Kehagis.

    Amazon delivers more than smiles to the Greater Chicago Food Depository this week in Chicago, Illinois. Jim Conwell, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at the Greater Chicago Food Depository receives a check from Amazon Driver Tina Kehagis. Courtesy of Amazon photographer

 
Submitted by Karin Shapiro
Updated 5/5/2020 8:21 AM

Recognizing Chicago and its surrounding communities as one of the hardest-hit COVID-19 regions in the U.S., Amazon has donated $200,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger throughout Chicago and Cook County.

Amazon's donation will help provide the equivalent of 600,000 healthy, nutritious meals to those in need and supports the Food Depository's ongoing efforts to address the increased demand for food assistance as a result of COVID-19.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"The impact of COVID-19 has created a surge in need. With schools closed and businesses shuttered, countless families are facing food insecurity for the first time in their lives," said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "We are so grateful for the generous support of Amazon as we work to ensure no one goes hungry during this challenging time."

This donation reflects Amazon's commitment to supporting the communities in which it operates and partners with nonprofit organizations that actively make a difference in people's daily lives. In addition to its donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Amazon is making donations to food banks in several other states, including Michigan, Ohio, and Florida.

"Amazon is proud to support the amazing work of the Greater Chicago Food Depository," said Dave Alperson, Vice President of Amazon Logistics. "We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which our employees live and work, especially during this challenging time."

To learn more about how the Greater Chicago Food Depository is responding to the pandemic, visit https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/coronavirus-updates/.

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About the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, believes a healthy community starts with food. The Food Depository is at the center of a network of more than 700 partner organizations and programs -- food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile distributions, and other partners -- working to bring food, dignity and hope to our neighbors across Chicago and Cook County. The Food Depository addresses the root causes of hunger with job training, advocacy and other innovative solutions. The Food Depository is a proud member of Feeding America -- the national network of food banks. Learn more at chicagosfoodbank.org

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