Kraft a big backer of food pantries

Kraft Foods has also enjoyed a 20-year partnership with Greater Chicago Food Depository (GFCD) through grants, food donations and employee volunteerism.

GCFD distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to more than 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. The demand for their services continues to rise as 1 in 8 Cook County residents rely on the Food Depository for food annually. GCFD was one of the first food banks to operate a Kraft Foods mobile pantry and they honored Kraft Foods as the Partner of the Year in 2010. Recent programs we’ve supported include:

— Kraft Foods Feeding Possibilities is a program which builds the capacity of member pantries through grants. Recipients will use the grant to help them improve client service through: 1) providing health & nutrition education, 2) adding a “client choice” program (shifting from pre-packed bags to full or partial client choice distribution), 3) providing home delivery to homebound older adults or individuals with disabilities or 4) increasing access to food by expanding service hours in the evenings and weekends. GCFD has an application process through which member pantries must apply for grant consideration. This program supported improving operations across 40 agencies.

— Healthy Kids Markets are school-based food pantries. Healthy Kids Markets are the next generation in food distribution that provides nutritious food, including fresh produce, to school children and their families. The Markets are open to all families who have a child enrolled in the school, and are particularly effective in reaching families that may not be able to access a traditional food pantry due to hours of operation or location. With the support of the Kraft Foods Foundation (now known as the Mondelēz International Foundation), GCFD expanded the pilot program from 3 to 11 schools in high-need areas, and distributed nearly 700,000 pounds of food, of which 76 percent was fresh produce. The Healthy Kids Markets serve approximately 7,200 children and adults annually.

—Source: Kraft Foods