May 20, 2020
As part of the University’s Community Support Initiative and in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, UChicago Dining workers prepared and distributed the 150,000th meal to 28 sites in nine neighborhoods in the University’s focus area. The University launched the initiative on March 30, intending to help bridge the gap in services with immediate assistance as public and private sector responses are fully mobilized and is set to continue through mid-June.
The meal program is just one element of the Community Support Initiative, which includes more than $680,000 in emergency bridge grants from the University to 182 South Side small businesses; $310,000 in rent relief and grants to the University’s small business tenants, $400,000 in grants and organizational help to 79 community-based nonprofits on the South Side; and a campaign to support local UChicago Medicine health care workers on the frontlines of confronting this crisis, as well as the patients and families who are affected.
Read more about the initiative HERE.