Black Lives Matter Chicago has been rounding up resources to assist in making food accessible to our communities. Chicago, known for its segregation, has at least 8 food deserts throughout the City, mainly affecting communities on the West and South Sides. Based on Census data, South Side neighborhoods have the least options for fresh foods and supermarket alternatives.

The City of Chicago defines food deserts as census blocks located more than a mile from a retail food establishment licensee with a business location larger than 10,000 square feet which does not include gas stations and fast food restaurants.

We need volunteers who will help restock, pick up donations, sort donations, check on condition of food boxes, and help in the creation of more foodboxes. If you are interested in helping with any of these things, please complete this form.

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Media coverage:

Activists repurpose newspaper box into food depository in Bronzeville

Read the Chicago Tribune article
by Marissa Page
The red-and-white newspaper box once held editions of the Frederick News-Post, a local newspaper for a northern Maryland county of the same name. Now 650 miles away, the box resides in a garden on the southeast corner of Calumet Avenue and 51st Street. It bears a fresh coat of paint, and inside its contents range from Bulls T-shirts to applesauce cups.

Black Lives Matter Takes On Hunger With New Food Box

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by Andrew Gill
Black Lives Matter Chicago is piloting a food box program to address hunger in neighborhoods where it says food is too scarce. The inspiration comes from little free libraries, boxes that encourage neighbors to take a book or give a book.

Black Lives Matter Chicago tackles hunger with self-serve food depository in Bronzeville

Watch the video on ABC7
Jesse Kirsch
Monday, November 27, 2017
Local activists have a new approach to tackling hunger with a self-serve food depository in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood.