By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief
Exhibiting companies at the 2011 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show donated more than 37,000 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository last month.
"Being in the hospitality industry, it comes naturally to the vendors, suppliers and manufacturers that exhibited at NRA Show 2011 to give back to the local community and help feed the hungry," said C.W. Craig Reed, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2011 and Director of Food and Beverage, Broadmoor Hotel.
NRA Show 2011 exhibitors donated a total of 50,013 pounds of high quality, nutritious food products, which provided more than 37,000 meals benefiting men, women and children in need throughout the Chicago area.
“We are so grateful to the National Restaurant Association for its support of the Greater Chicago Food Depository,” said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Because of NRA show donations, the Food Depository will be able to provide thousands of pounds of nutritious food to hungry people in Cook County.”
The donated food was distributed through a network of more than 600 qualified GCFD member agencies, which include pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers and senior living facilities.
The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Programs and services are also available for children, older adults and the unemployed and underemployed address the root causes of hunger. For more information, log onto www.chicagosfoodbank.org or call 773-247-FOOD.