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Fight Hunger With Greater Chicago Food Depository's 'Donation Plate' Campaign

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Dec 10, 2013 5:30PM

2013_12_10_GCFDlogo.jpg The Greater Chicago Food Depository is in the midst of its seasonal fundraising drive and part of their plan is an online initiative called The Donation Plate that makes it simple to help the organization in their mission to fight hunger across the Chicago area.

Donors can electronically sign a plate to show their support in the fight against hunger, and can pass it on through their social media channels. One of the cool things about the initiative is that donors can sign their name on plates started by famous Chicago organizations and individuals like the Bulls, Fire and Blackhawks, Rick Bayless, Wilco, WGN TV meteorologist Tom Skilling, Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong and advertising firm Leo Burnett, among others. (Check out all the plates here.)

We at Chicagoist have set up a donation plate with a modest goal of raising $250 and every penny counts, as the GCFD as seen a 68 percent increase in people turning to food pantries for assistance in the past five years. The winter months are especially brutal as some families will have to choose between buying groceries and paying rent and utilities.