One thing that has resounded through the challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic is the community of our industry. Among those in that fight is US Foods, which in addition to helping restaurateurs reopen their doors, is also helping the Greater Chicago Food Depository bring pop-up food pantries to communities of color on Chicago’s South and West sides with donations in upwards $250,000-worth of food.
“In this unprecedented time, we know too many Chicago families are struggling to access fresh, healthy food,” said Pietro Satriano, US Foods Chairman and CEO.
This donation is not the first or even the second of its kind from the distributor, which recently announced that it has donated more than $10 million in food and supplies to food banks and charitable organizations across the country since the beginning of March.
The latest of these moves to the pop-up food pantries, according to Kate Maehr, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, will provide “a critical lifeline to the community at a time when the soaring need for food assistance is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.”
News source Daily Herald reported that each pop-up food pantry aims to serve about 1,000 households weekly with boxes of nonperishable food weighing between 20 and 30 pounds, as well as frozen meat and fresh produce.
This essential nutrition is but one of the many great deeds US Foods and others in our industry perform every day.
As we continue to navigate through trying times while working to help the whole rise, Deli Market News will report.