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President’s Message

July 2021

As PROCESS EXPO 2021 approaches in just a few short months, the Association's Foundation has once again launched its DEFEAT HUNGER campaign, joining forces with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), to “give back”  to our host city in a meaningful way. One of the best and often overlooked aspects of FPSA and our membership is the extensive amount of “GIVING BACK” efforts in which we are involved. Since launching our first DEFEAT HUNGER campaign at PROCESS EXPO 2013, through the generosity of our exhibitors and contributors, we have provided nearly 1.5 million meals for those in need in Cook County.

Because of COVID-19, in this past fiscal year GCFD distributed more than 93 million pounds of food – the largest amount by far in the organization’s 42-year history. That’s the equivalent of 77.5 million meals. While that is a great achievement, the need to serve more than 812,000 persons each year continues.  In December 2020, the Food Depository’s network of food pantries and similar programs served about 44 percent more people in need when compared to December 2019. Food insecurity among families with children is soaring as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. About 1 in 3 households with children are now reporting food insecurity, according to an analysis of the COVID Impact Study by Northwestern University economists. It’s even worse for Black and Latino households with children – 4 in 10 households are lacking sufficient food to eat.

What can you do to help? There are three ways you can contribute, whether you are an exhibitor or not:

  1. Online (preferred): Participants can purchase items online using the DEFEAT HUNGERSM 2021 Virtual Food
  2. Drive: myfooddrive.org/#DEFEATHUNGER2021
  3. Check Donations: The DEFEAT HUNGERSM campaign will ONLY accept checks. Participants can send donations payable to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Please mail these checks to:

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Attn: Kelly Klein – Defeat Hunger Campaign
4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632

Onsite: Participants can include their donation with their booth shipment to PROCESS EXPO 2021. You can click here to view items that are most in need and then please send donations to:

PROCESS EXPO – DEFEAT HUNGER CAMPAIGN
c/o GES
2301 South Lakes Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

Why is your donation needed? Because each $1 contribution helps provide three meals. And your gift of funds provides fresh produce, dairy, and protein to the more than 700 community-based food banks that service the local residents.

Although you will be receiving even more information about DEFEAT HUNGER efforts in the days leading up to PROCESS EXPO, I want to Thank You for helping to make a difference in someone's life! Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this initiative or any of the Association’s activities or programs.

Sincerely,

David Seckman
President/CEO
FPSA