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Archive for January 7th, 2016

Getaway Driver In 13 Robberies Sentenced To 121 Years In Prison

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A woman who served as the getaway driver for 13 commercial robberies in southern Nevada from December 2012 to March 2013, was sentenced today to 121 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

Sesley Williams, 46, of Las Vegas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. Williams was convicted by a jury on Jan. 16, 2015, of eight counts of bank robbery, five counts of interference with commerce by robbery and five counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  Her co-defendant, Anthony Jordan, was also convicted by a jury in November 2014 of 13 counts of robbery and firearm-related charges, and was sentenced on March 18, 2015, to 60 years in prison.

“We continue to work with our local law enforcement agencies to focus our prosecution efforts on the most impactful cases, including those targeting violent offenders,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “Using guns to rob commercial establishments is a federal offense, and if you commit this type of crime, you will be prosecuted, convicted, and sent to prison for a long time.”

The duo robbed six banks, three outlet mall stores and one other store in Las Vegas, two banks in Henderson, and one outlet mall store in Primm, Nev., between Dec. 28, 2012, and March 30, 2013.

This case was investigated by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, as part of the Safe Streets Task Force and Project Safe Neighborhoods program.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Cartier-Giroux.

Source: FBI

BYP100 Responds to Mayor Emanuel’s Call for More Tasers

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BYP100 Official statement:


We ended the year mourning the murders of Quintonio LaGrier and Bettie Jones by the Chicago Police Department. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in response to this terror that started with the unnecessary presence of the police, stated that the Chicago Police Department needs more training on when to use guns, and that officers need more tasers as an alternative to guns. With these actions the Mayor has turned his back on the democratic police accountability that is needed to value Black life in this city and has chosen to continue supporting policies that murder Black people with impunity at the hands of the police.

The Mayor’s call for more public money and tasers for a police department that murders us with impunity and has failed to prevent gun violence is not the democratic police accountability needed to make our communities safe and prevent another Quintonio LaGrier and Bettie Jones. Democratic police accountability means taking away power and tax dollars from the CPD and instead investing in public institutions that make our communities safe and equal. Our communities are not safe with this imbalance of authority and money between the people and the police.

Tasers do not prevent murders by police. Black people in this city have been killed by CPD taser use, and the Mayor’s action to put more deadly weapons in the hands of police officers – especially in response to recent tragedies – is unacceptable and reflects the lack of accountability to our communities that he says he wants to strengthen. Training centered on “when to use guns” will not keep our communities safe from police violence, nor will better mental health training. The mayor has removed our communities’ best options by closing mental health clinics.

If every cop gets a taser, it will cost the city anywhere from $13.3 million to $20.8 million. The Mayor’s 2016 budget includes an increase of $20 million to put 300 more police officers on the streets. Chicago already has the most police per 100,000 people than any other city, including New York City and Los Angeles. So, in addition to a weapons increase, CPD would grow exponentially. More high-tech policing, more police officers and ultimately more of the city’s money thrown at the CPD, is not a solution. This city already has too many police and not enough social services that have been shown to reduce gun violence and keep our communities safe, such as 311 rapid response social workers, gun violence interrupters, mental health care facilities, trauma centers, expanded park district programing, and democratically controlled and funded quality public schools. These services are denied critical funding in poor Black communities throughout the City while the CPD continues to see an ever increase in funding despite its continued failure.

We demand that the city divests from the police and reinvests in underserved, Black communities.

As young Black people who organizes Black communities in the City, we are certain that giving more money to the CPD will not prevent or reduce violence in our communities, but instead will actually cause our communities more harm and will undoubtedly result in more deaths by police. We need a clear commitment to divest from the police and invest in the futures of Black Chicagoans.

  • We demand a participatory city budget in which the public has the power to defund the Chicago Police Department and invest those dollars and resources in Black futures by setting a living wage with union representation with protections against discrimination of Trans workers regardless of education or experience, fully funding healthcare including but not limited to full access to reproductive health care, social services, neighborhood public schools, sustainable economic development projects as they see fit.
  • We demand an immediate end to the criminalization of Black people for minor possession of marijuana and other petty crimes.
  • We demand the immediate firing of Officer Dante Servin without a pension for the killing of Rekia Boyd, as well as all other officers who have contributed to the deaths of Black Chicagoans.
  • We demand a fully independent civilian police accountability council with hiring, firing, subpoena and budgeting power. The creation of a Police Accountability Task force appointed by Mayor Emanuel is insufficient and undemocratic.
  • We demand that the Fraternal Order of the Police’s request to erase all records of police misconduct as far as 2011, be denied.

In recent months the city of Chicago along with other cities, has been thrown into the national spotlight around the issue of police misconduct and violence directed against Black people. Young Black people on the ground have made some important strides in the City — an unaccountable Superintendent McCarthy was fired, there have been some calls to fire officers who have committed devastating and tragic crimes against  our communities, and we won a trauma center on the South Side. However, it is our belief that the city should stop funneling  more resources to the CPD, especially weapons. Better training is far from what is necessary, and history has proven that to be ineffective. We need police accountability in the form of a divestment from policing and a reinvestment in Black communities. 

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do our work through a Black queer feminist lens. We are affiliated with the Black Youth Project.
www.byp100.org – @BYP_100 – www.facebook.com/BYP100

What Congress Owes the Families of Newtown

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Letters To Editors

From: Senator Chris Murphy


For three years, Congress has failed the families of Newtown and victims of gun violence across the country.

While Congress, bitterly divided over partisan politics, has been stalled on this issue, the rest of America has continued to grieve. Countless families have felt the pain and heartache of losing a loved one to gun violence — the same horrifying sting felt by those 26 families in Newtown on December 14, 2012.

I represent those families in Congress. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t witness their pain, or share their utter bewilderment in our failure to do something about it.

But we also remember the strength and resiliency of the Newtown community. We remember the teachers who protected those kids, who died shielding them with their bodies. We remember the first responders who rushed in to help. And we remember the millions of acts of kindness and gifts and phone calls that came in from the rest of the world.

This is the spirit behind President Obama’s executive actions to reduce gun violence. He is doing what he can to prevent future gun violence because he knows that, as Americans, we cannot just close our eyes and blindly accept this as the status quo — especially when it threatens the safety of our children.

Learn more about President Obama’s commonsense proposals to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Some of my colleagues in Congress have already raised their objections over these steps. Here’s my message to them: Stop listening to the gun lobby. If they listened to gun owners instead, the vast majority of whom support sensible steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands, this debate would be over already.

We would have already acted. We would have passed universal background check legislation. We would have made straw purchasing and gun trafficking federal crimes to give law enforcement the tools to combat the flood of illegal weapons across state lines. We would have passed a ban on high-capacity magazines. We would have made it impossible for those on the FBI’s terror watch list to purchase a deadly firearm. Instead, we’ve done nothing.

We should be listening to victims and families across the country who have been calling on us to act and do what we can to make the world safer for their children.

I’m proud to stand with President Obama on the actions he’s taking to prevent gun violence. If you want to learn more, make sure to tune in to CNN tonight at 8:00pm ET, where President Obama will discuss the issue and take questions at a live town hall event.

But the President can only do so much — it’s up to Congress to do more. We must stand up to the gun lobby and do we what we can to prevent what happened in Newtown from ever happening again.

What greater responsibility do we have?

Thank you,

Chris Murphy
U.S. Senator
Cheshire, Connecticut

Sanders’ Campaign Files Paperwork to Join Illinois Primary Ballot

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BURLINGTON, VT – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Illinois delegates and supporters delivered petition signatures to the Department of Elections in Springfield on Wednesday to place the senator’s name on the primary election ballot as a Democratic Party candidate for president.Campaign volunteers collected more than 9,000 signatures for Sen. Sanders, nearly triple the required 3,000 and well over the 5,000 maximum turned in. Over 16,000 signatures for delegates were collected across the state’s 18 congressional districts.

The slate of delegates features longtime progressive activists and new voices in the Democratic Party, including Rep. Will Guzzardi, Rep. La Shawn Ford, Chicago Aldermen Susan Sadlowski Garza, John S. Arena, Carlos Rameriz-Rosa, former State Representative Naomi D. Jakobbson and former congressman Philip Hare.

“Right now in Illinois, we’re dealing with a right-wing Republican governor who wants to cut costs for big business and cut wages and services for the rest of us,” said Rep. Guzzardi. “We need Bernie’s values: higher taxes on the ultra-rich, reform of the criminal justice system, and more funding for public education and health care. That’s why there’s been such a massive outpouring of support for Bernie across the Prairie State.”

Congressman Hare said, “Bernie Sanders is the conscience of the United States Senate. His work on behalf of our nation’s veterans, our senior citizens, and the American worker is second to none. Now, more than ever before, we need Bernie Sanders to be our next president.”

In a press conference prior to the filing, Urbana Alderman and local SEUI 119 president Aaron Ammons joined other delegates, National Nurses United and the Working Families Party. “You should definitely be standing with Bernie Sanders because he is the right candidate for America and he is the right candidate for you and the African American community,” said Ammons.

The full list of delegates can be found here.

Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce Recruits Black Youth for Technology/Sports Challenge

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SVBCC is a ‘PLAY 60, Play On’ Grant Winner!


SAN JOSE / SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA – The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce (SVBCC) / Center for Entrepreneurial Development is excited to announce that it is a PLAY 60, Play On grant winner! PLAY 60, Play On is an initiative of the Super Bowl 50 Legacy Fund, the NFL Foundation and guided by KaBoom! to help combat childhood obesity and to build creative and innovative neighborhood projects that will make balanced and active play more easily accessible so kids can thrive.

The generous support will enable the Chamber to host several PLAY 60, Play On challenge events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, designed to encourage creativity in solving problems and using active play and movement to be more physically fit.

In partnership with local non-profit organizations and Silicon Valley businesses, kids of all ages, families and young adults are invited to participate in challenge events over the coming weeks.

Silicon Valley Black Youth Hack-a-Thon:
The first event is the Silicon Valley Black Youth Hack-a-Thon to take place January 16-31, 2016 at GSVlabs (425 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA). The event will bring together more than 150 talented African American youth and young adults, ages 16 to 24, from Bay Area high schools, colleges, clubs and companies for an opportunity to compete in a technology challenge. Hack-a-Thon participants can compete for cash prizes, awards and scholarships. Young people who wish to be competitive “hackers” must complete the online registration form by January 14th.
IDEAS IN MOTION – PLAY 60, Play On Challenges:
January 16, 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Library in San Jose
January 23, 2016 UC Berkeley, Upper Sproul Plaza
January 31, 2016 East Palo Alto YMCA

For more information about the PLAY 60, Play On challenge events, visit the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce website at blackchamber.com/hackathon.

The Chamber’s events are inspired by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s challenge to local nonprofits to share with the world the unique neighborhoods, culture, activities and spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. More than 400 youth from around the San Francisco Bay Area will participate in the SVBCC challenge events.

The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Bay Area Tutoring Association, Rocket Fuel Inc., City of San Jose, City of East Palo Alto and UC Berkeley. The events bring together an all-star list of national sponsors including Black Enterprise, AT&T, Intel Corporation, UNCF and #YESWECODE. The Chamber has also garnered pledges of support and collaboration from other Northern California Black Chambers of Commerce and local organizations supporting youth including Street Code Academy, California Alliance of African American Educators, Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators, National Black MBA Association, Jack and Jill of America and Codewritingkids.com.

Carl Davis Jr., President of Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce states, “The employer diversity data in the technology sector is a clear indicator of the opportunities ahead. The current generation of youth and young adults of African descent will direct a significant portion of the cultural landscape of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. It is our duty to find innovative ways to prepare them for 2020 and beyond.”

About The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce (SVBCC):
The mission of the Silicon Black Chamber of Commerce is to create, identify and/or expand economic development opportunities for African Americans and minorities in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. SVBCC is an integral part of the economic development fiber of our community. When we speak of economic empowerment, we focus on entrepreneurship, employment and education.

Thomas Duncan, CEO of the Only African American Owned Medicaid Managed Care Organization in the United States, Speaks Out

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CEO of Trusted Health Plan Ensures DC Medicaid Managed Care Makes Good Business Sense

Thomas Duncan, CEO of Trusted Health Plan

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – The deadline is drawing near for uninsured consumers to sign up for Affordable Health Care this month. Numerous legislators across the country continue to wrestle with whether to expand their states Medicaid provisions to accommodate ACA. However, states and others can look at the efficiency of DC-based, Trusted Health Plan, a Medicaid Managed Care Organization that has made significant impacts in the marketplace with a business model that is providing cost savings and efficiency.

Our goal is simple… reduce healthcare cost, improve quality and expand access to care. We are positively impacting the lives of our members, says Thomas Duncan, Trusted Health Plan; CEO.

Over the last two years, Trusted Health Plan has built significant momentum not just with their core competencies but industry-wide best practices to implement the comprehensive delivery system that closely monitors the health behaviors of its members through disease and case management and population health screening programs. Just through processing member medical encounters, Trusted is able to monitor their members health experiences, makes recommendations for preventative health strategies and saves money on possible ER visits and increases visit to their Health and Wellness Outreach Center on DCs South Eastside. Trusted is coordinating DC healthcare for its 30,000 members in a cost efficient manner.

In 2014, when they opened their Health and Wellness Outreach Center, the first of its kind in the country, naysayers doubted that members would come. Last year, they saw 750 members each month a 20 percent increase from their first year of operation. Trusted Health Plan is helping the District of Columbias Medicaid program to be more efficient, cost-conscious and changing the behaviors of their members one at a time. Trusted Health Plan is also the only African American owned Medicaid Managed Care Organization in the United States.

For more details about Trusted Health Plan, visit www.trustedhp.com

Photo: Thomas Duncan, CEO of Trusted Health Plan


Illinois Woman Sentenced on Charges of Conspiracy

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St. Louis, MO – Jasminka Ramic of Rockford, Illinois was sentenced to 36 months in prison. Ramic pled guilty last September to conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, that being providing material support to terrorists and designated foreign terrorist organizations. She appeared today for sentencing in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U. S. Postal Inspection Service, St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments, with assistance from multiple law enforcement agencies.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Drake, Howard Marcus and Kenneth Tihen of the Eastern District of Missouri and Mara Kohn, a Trial Attorney in the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice.

Illinois Winter Road Conditions in One Click

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IDOT online map offers real-time info to help Illinois travelers 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation reminds motorists to bookmark gettingaroundillinois.com on their computers and smartphones for quick access to the latest winter road conditions. The Getting Around Illinois map is updated 24/7 during winter weather, providing motorists with the latest information on what to expect before heading out on the roads.

“Illinois winters are legendary for their rapidly changing conditions,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The winter road conditions map gives you a quick, simple-to-understand view of road conditions throughout Illinois. It’s a great tool for knowing what to expect if you are traveling during snow-and-ice season.”

Click here or visit IDOT’s YouTube channel to watch our new video that shows how the data for the map is collected and passed along in simple red, yellow and green colors to give Illinois drivers the information they need this winter.

The Getting Around Illinois website averages one to two million visits during winter. Widely shared on social media, the page’s interactive map is a go-to resource for travelers, forecasters and anyone interested in seeing how the roads are looking during inclement weather. Users of gettingaroundillinois.com also can find other useful information for their travels, including points of interest, gas stations, restaurants, and hotels.

Craig Lindvahl Receives Final Award for ISBE’s Year of the Volunteer Program

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The longtime educator, filmmaker, and Board member was honored at January Board meeting


SPRINGFIELD, IL  – Members of the State Board of Education presented fellow Board member Craig Lindvahl of Effingham with a volunteer award for his 35-plus years of dedication to education and creating leadership opportunities for youth. The award was presented at the Board’s January meeting as part of the Year of the Volunteer program.

“Craig is a true public servant who has devoted his life to empowering and educating future generations,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “We are proud of his work and grateful for his dedication to Illinois. His leadership in our field is an inspiration.”

The initiative, established by a Senate resolution, aims to “engage all generations as participants, planners, organizers, and leaders of the volunteer infrastructure.” During 2015, State Board of Education members honored individuals within their communities for their dedication and volunteer service.

Lindvahl spent 34 years in Teutopolis District 50 schools, where he influenced thousands of students throughout his career teaching music, band, television production, and entrepreneurship. During his tenure, he taught every grade from kindergarten through 12th, tripled the size of the district band program, and created a television production program. He also led a group of students to the Marshall Islands to produce a student-led documentary about the country and culture. The film was distributed to 5,000 schools through the Peace Corps.

Now retired from teaching, Lindvahl serves as the executive director of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship, a company that educates future business leaders. He also developed the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program in which high school students from throughout the country create their own businesses while learning from other successful business owners. He’s traveled across the United States to help other educators develop similar programs while also serving on the Illinois State Board of Education since 2015.

Lindvahl has earned the Milken National Educator Award and has twice been a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year. He was also recognized as the Effingham Daily News 2015 Citizen of the Year. Lindvahl is an award-winning filmmaker, having earned 12 Mid-America Emmy Awards and 11 Telly Awards for his writing, producing, camera work, and editing. Projects have taken him all over the world and given him the opportunity to work with students from more than 25 countries. He currently owns Callan Films Corp., which produces documentaries and corporate projects.  Lindvahl’s experiences led him to write the inspirational book, “Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday And Other Stuff You’ll Need to Know Tomorrow,” which was published in 2014.

Lindvahl was recently diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer and has shared his battle publicly to continue teaching and help improve the lives of others. (Read more about Lindvahl’s journey on his blog, www.thingsyouwishyouknewyesterday.com/blog/.) He lives in Effingham with his wife Beth and plans to continue on with his many projects and service to the Board for as long as he is able. Lindvahl says he wants to use his remaining time as an opportunity to help people understand what is important in life.

He encourages everyone to follow three simple pieces of advice:

1.   Reach out and say something positive to someone every day;

2.   Appreciate those around you;

3.   Frame every day around who will be better because of your work that day.

Last month, Lindvahl spoke to ISBE employees about his “Five Pillars of Success.” You may view the webinar recording here.

The Senate designated 2015 as the Year of the Volunteer in response to the “Volunteering and Civic Life in America” report by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship that showed only about a quarter of Illinoisans volunteered in 2013. According to Senate Resolution 1002, research shows that “Illinoisans who do not volunteer would like to, but simply do not know how to get connected to service opportunities.” In cooperation with fellow organizations, ISBE urges community members of all ages to explore volunteer opportunities, particularly those related to children and their education.

ISBE supported the initiative in cooperation with Generations Serving Generations, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Illinois Department on Aging, the Serve Illinois Commission, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the Illinois Senate via Senate Resolution 1002.

Cook County and the Greater Chicago Food Depository Announce Food Access Plan

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Two-year strategy will strengthen county-wide response to food insecurity with focus on health, children and access to fresh produce


MAYWOOD, IL – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Greater Chicago Food Depository today announced the creation of a Cook County Food Access Plan, which builds upon existing resources to increase access of nutritious food for households in need and create new solutions to food insecurity.


Tuesday’s announcement of the two-year plan was made at the Vision of Restoration Food Pantry in suburban Maywood. The pantry serves 322 struggling households each month with nutritious food including fresh produce. The food pantry is one of 650 partner agencies and programs in the Food Depository’s Cook County network. Of the estimated 760,000 food insecure people in Cook County, more than 30% live in suburban communities.


“We have identified food insecurity as a critical issue facing hundreds of thousands of residents throughout Cook County,” President Preckwinkle said. “Hunger impacts every facet of life, and through this call to action — together with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and with the assistance of our Health and Hospitals System — we are determined to aggressively address this important issue.”


The Cook County Food Access Plan was created by the Cook County Food Access Steering Committee – a group of leaders from the Cook County government and private charitable sectors. The plan will be implemented by an appointed Cook County Food Access Task Force and focuses on three initial intersections:


• Expanding a food insecurity screening and referral system at Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) locations to increase patient access to community food resources as needed. Currently, the Food Depository and CCHHS are partnering on a food insecurity screening and referral system pilot program at the Logan Square Health Center. This program started in summer 2015 and will expand to the Cottage Grove Health Center in Ford Heights in February with plans to reach all CCHHS locations within two years.


• Creating a Suburban Cook County Child Nutrition work group to increase student access and participation in School Breakfast and Summer Meals programs. This group will connect more children with nutritious meals by convening partners to raise awareness of and encourage best practices in these federally-sponsored meal programs.


• Growing the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and incentive programs at farmers markets and farm stands throughout Cook County. Currently, fewer than 25% of suburban farmers markets accept LINK (EBT) cards for payment. Offering technical assistance and information to farmers markets about the value of SNAP would provide more fresh produce for people in need while increasing sales and bringing more federal dollars to the local economy.


The Task Force will be housed in the County President’s office and collaborate with the Food Depository to complete these three actions within two years. The plan will leverage existing assets and resources and its success depends on the combined efforts of elected officials, public offices, private philanthropists, charitable organizations, schools, businesses and community members alike.


“Every morning, people across our community wake up not knowing if they will have enough food to eat,” said Kate Maehr, Food Depository executive director and CEO. “The consequences of food insecurity are as serious in suburban communities as they are in city neighborhoods. The Cook County Food Access Plan will create an even stronger county-wide response to ensure more of our neighbors have the nutritious food they need.”


In Cook County, one in six people receives assistance from the Food Depository’s network of partner agencies and programs. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 68 million pounds of food across the community, including 23.7 million pounds of fresh produce.


About the Greater Chicago Food Depository
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, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 68 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 155,000 meals every day. For more information, visit chicagosfoodbank.org or call 773-247-FOOD.

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