Empy Plates: What Does It Take to Feed Chicago’s Hungry

February 5th, 2008

Nationwide, food pantries are facing shortages. Reports from Vermont to Los Angeles cite low levels of supply and increased demand. Although holiday season food drives eased some of the strain, pantries continue to struggle feeding their hungry.But here in the bread basket of America, in the supposed “land of plenty,” how is a food shortage possible?Higher food costs and a decrease in surplus are just two factors contributing to the problem.Yet Chicago has its own set of unique obstacles that prevent shelves, and bellies, from staying full. On this episode of Community, Media & You, we’ll look into Chicago’s struggle to feed its hungry and what can be done to help.

Hosted by Thom Clark of the Community Media Workshop @ Columbia College and joining him on the discussion is Bob Dolgan from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Gary Garland from the Lakeview Pantry.

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