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Greater Chicago Food Bank Phone Scam

By Rachelle Bowden in News on Dec 8, 2004 9:39PM

2004_12_foodbank_logo.jpgNormally we totally would not say this, but if someone from the Greater Chicago Food Depository calls you asking for a donation, do not give them any money. The Depo has contacted the Attorney General (pdf link) to let them know that some poser(s) have been calling people up pretending to be them and asking people for money. The Depository says that they do not solicit donations by telephone and that if you want to help out you can donate money online or by mailing checks (who still writes checks!?) to them at 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, 60632.

2004_12_foodbank_card.jpgChicagoist also noticed on their site that companies can arrange to have a Virtual Food Drive. It's kind of like online shopping except funds to go buy food for the needy. Companies have also set it up so that offices, departments, or rivals can compete against each other online to raise the most funds/food. It beats lugging those cans of soup on the train and putting them in a big box in the lobby!

For those who want to make a personal seasonal contribution, the depository is selling some kinda cool holiday cards that feature a painting by Chicago artist, Martha Jannotta. $20 will getcha 10 cards + envelopes.

The Food Bank's site lists lots of legit ways you can help by donating money, food, or your time... just don't do it over the phone!