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Fighting Hunger and Food Waste at IFT16

BY: Mary Ellen Kuhn
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Greater Chicago Food Depository LogoIFT’s tradition of giving back continues at IFT16 via several food-focused initiatives designed to benefit those in need while minimizing food waste.

This year pick-ups of food left over from events held at McCormick Place, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, and Palmer House Hilton will take place daily as part of the new Feeding Tomorrow Zero Food Waste campaign. Perishable goods will be shared with local charities Zero Percent and Pacific Garden Mission. In addition, the Greater Chicago Food Depository will pick up nonperishable products donated by food expo exhibitors at the conclusion of the annual event on Tuesday, July 19.

The IFT Cares philanthropic program that has been part of the annual event since 2008 continues in a new form this year: a virtual food and fund drive that invites those who want to help to shop or give online at www.myfooddrive.org#IFTCares. Each dollar that is donated will provide three meals to members of the local community who are in need. The campaign won’t end when IFT16 concludes; it extends through Aug. 31, 2016.

In addition, collection bins will be located at food expo entrances, and IFT16 attendees may donate nonperishable food items onsite. Needed items include peanut butter, tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, and other shelf-stable grocery products. So whatever your preference, there’s an easy way to pitch in and play a role in helping to end hunger in the Chicago area.

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