One City, One Food Drive

By Patty Wetli | Monday, April 23, 2012

Help Chicago's food pantries restock their shelves. Credit: Patty Wetli

Now is the time of year when food pantries begin to run low on supplies stockpiled over last year’s holiday season. To help fill that void, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union are sponsoring the One City One Food Drive in conjunction with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, April 23 -27. (If GCFD can bring CPS and CTU together, perhaps they should moderate upcoming contract negotiations.)

Donations of canned and non-perishable food items are being accepted at all of Chicago’s public schools, City Hall (121 N. LaSalle St., Room 100), and CTU headquarters (222 Merchandise Mart Plaze, Suite 400). Items in greatest need include canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, rice, canned tuna, peanut butter, soup, beans, cereal and chili.

The food drive also features a unique option: a virtual food bank. Because GCFD can purchase food at massive discounts compared with average consumers – three gallons of milk cost GCFD just $3.15, for example – your dollars will stretch further shopping with GCFD.

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