This summer, the building reopened after significant renovations designed to strengthen the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s mission toward ending hunger. Throughout, the building is more inviting with more places for staff, volunteers and other community members to gather and collaborate.
Volunteers can place their belongings in the lockers in the new volunteer lounge, where they might also enjoy a meal before or after their experience. Children can learn about food insecurity in the new youth-focused portion of the improved volunteer orientation room. Large corporate groups and other organizations can meet in remodeled conference rooms to debrief their experiences.
There is additional space for Food Depository staff to informally convene. The new atrium is an example of an “our space,” where staff and volunteers can gather and enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee, or host informal meetings.
Other Project Nourish upgrades at the Food Depository include:
- A warmer, more inviting volunteer experience. Volunteers are the beating heart of our mission to end hunger. The volunteer orientation room was renovated to be more welcoming to youth groups, in particular, and is now decorated with inspirational quotes on the wall.
- More cold storage for fresh food into the community. In recent years, the Food Depository has increased its distribution of fresh fruits, vegetables and proteins to people facing hunger in our communities. To better accommodate fresh food, we expanded cold storage by more than 50 percent.
- A transformed Chicago’s Community Kitchens area. Chicago’s Community Kitchens, the Food Depository’s culinary job training program, helps end hunger by preparing students for meaningful employment in the food service industry. Now, the program has additional classroom and office space for educational programming, such as seminars with chef mentors.
- More efficient shipping and receiving docks. In recent years, the Food Depository shifted to an all-delivery model to save our partner agencies money and time, while also improving food safety. As part of the building upgrades, we remodeled the shipping and receiving docks to be more efficient.
Stay tuned for more big news on the second phase of Project Nourish, which will include expanding into meal delivery for older adults and people with disabilities. As we strive to accomplish these goals toward ending hunger, we need your continued support.
Learn more about how you can help at chicagosfoodbank.org/nourish
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