Thanksgiving is around the corner, and while most households get ready to gorge on turkey, stuffing, and mountains of desserts, for those unable to meet the lavish tradition expectations, hunger around the holidays can be isolating. At least one in seven people in Cook County will experience food insecurity this year, according to the Chicago Food Depository. Though food insecurity disproportionately affects majority African American and Latino neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West Sides, hunger affects every community in Cook County—including more affluent ones like Evanston and Schaumburg. Efforts big and small are underway to combat hunger around the holidays in Chicago. In Bronzeville, Black Lives Matter Chicago is piloting a food box program inspired by the community book exchange Little Free Library. And the Chicago Food Depository spent the weekend distributing holiday food to in-need families, which will continue through Thanksgiving.
Morning Shift talks to Chicago Food Depository CEO Kate Maehr, and Black Lives Matter leader Aislynn Pulley about their efforts to alleviate hunger around the holidays in Chicago