By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief
Exhibiting companies at the recently wrapped 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago donated more than 41,710 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), resulting in nearly 5,000 more meals donated this year than in 2011.
"We are so grateful to the National Restaurant Association and Show exhibitors for their donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository," said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "These donations are especially important as we serve 77 percent more people than we did four years ago."
NRA Show 2012 exhibitors donated a total of 55,614 pounds of high quality, nutritious surplus food products, which provided nearly 42,000 meals benefiting men, women and children in need throughout the Chicago area.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The food depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Illinois' Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 58 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 119,000 meals every day. For more information, log onto www.chicagosfoodbank.org or call 773-247-FOOD.
NRA Show 2013 will be held at May 18-21 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The event - the largest gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals - attracts 61,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcases the latest products, services, innovative ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues and other growth opportunities than any other industry event.
For more information, visit the Show Website at www.restaurant.org/show, and find the NRA Show year-round on Twitter @NRAShow, Facebook, YouTube and its widely read NRA Show blog Floored!