For every walker our food pantry recieves $12.
For our clients, that's several weeks worth of food.
Bring your friends and family and help feed Bridgeport.
A Saturday morning stroll that fights hunger in your community... Seriously!
Meet us at Benton House and enjoy a ride out to Soldier Field with your friends and neighbors!
Walk With Us
On Saturday, June 20th at Soldier Field, make sure to register on behalf of Benton House, and we'll get much needed funds for our neighborhood food pantry. You can also pre-register online. Benton House is team A01385. Don't forget to print your tickets!
Promote the Cause
Businesses and partners have played a huge role in getting the word out. With the ample support of Nana Organic, we've ranked 9th out of over 600 pantries and soup kitchens in team effort. We're looking for partners who share a passion for feeding Bridgeport.
Funds raised through the annual Hunger Walk have historically provided our food pantry with its entire annual budget. That's a big deal! The Greater Chicago Food Depository also matches a lot of our raised funds, so your donation will go farther than ever!
Benton House feeds hundreds of Bridgeport families every year.
As food insecurity continues to be a reality for many of the Bridgeport population, Benton House’s food pantry plays a key role in our neighborhood’s fight against hunger. Benton House is currently the largest food pantry in Bridgeport, and since its creation in 2009, the food pantry has served over 2,000 families and distributes over 100,000 lbs of food per year. In addition to regular distribution, Benton House hosts community meals and gives out hams and turkeys over the holidays.
But without the support of the community, none of this would be possible. The pantry is run entirely by neighborhood volunteers, and much of the food is donated by local businesses, such as Door to Door Organics, The Resource Center, Washington Federal, Trader Joe’s, Real Sausage, and Jimmy John’s. Thanks to generous donations and dedicated volunteers, folks in need have weekly access to a healthy range of foods, including fresh produce.
By far the largest contribution to the food pantry’s operations is the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Hunger Walk. Historically, the money raised through Hunger Walk provides the Benton House food pantry with nearly its entire annual operating budget. That’s no joke!
Despite these enormous efforts, however, Benton House struggles to keep up with the growing needs of the Bridgeport community. So, as this year’s Hunger Walk approaches, consider getting involved in whatever way you can. Where else can you enjoy a pleasant stroll on a Saturday morning and directly contribute to the fight against hunger in your neighborhood?
For more information, visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository's official Hunger Walk page.