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Greater Chicago Food Depository Receives Food and Money from the 11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

We opened Eli’s Cheesecake World on World Food Day, October 16th, in 1996. Since that opening day and first Eli’s Cheesecake Festival. Eli’s has used the Festival and other events to promote food donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

We appreciate the fine staff and volunteers for the Greater Chicago Food Depository who help make the Festival such a great sucess. We are very proud that the Festival raised almost double the amount of food—2,594 lbs. of non-perishable food and over $1,600 in cash.


Eli’s Cheesecake thanks the volunteers of the Greater Chicago Food Depository for their efforts to “Help Fight Hunger.”


Eli’s Big Slice helps the Greater Chicago Food Depository accept food and cash donations.

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Greater Chicago Food Depository is a beneficiary of the 11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival to be held on September 15th and 16th and Eli’s Cheesecake World

The grand opening of Eli’s Cheesecake World was held on World Food Day, October 16th, in 1996. In recognition of the important need in our community to provide food for all, Eli’s has used the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, now it in its 11th year to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

We encourage all guests to our free event which will be held this year on Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th, to bring canned foods to the Food Depository Tent and receive complimentary slices of Eli’s Cheesecake.

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A very good reason to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository

One week ago, we teamed up with Starbucks to raise funds for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. It was a very successful events reaching Starbucks customers in 19 stores throughout Cook County. We felt very good about that event this evening when WTTW Chicago devoted a segment on “Chicago Tonight” to the results of study below that found over 500,000 people rely on the services of the Greater Chicago Food Depository each year.

We are proud to be a supporting member of the GCFD throughout the year and are delighted to use our Eli’s Cheesecake Festival and to work with great partners, like Starbucks, to fight hunger.

New study finds 500,000 rely on Food Depository
Agencies report increased need; working poor, children, elderly seek food

CHICAGO, IL — Close to 500,000 people each year rely on emergency and supplemental food provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository and its member network of almost 600 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout Cook County, according to a new study released today. That figure represents a significant increase over previous studies conducted by the Food Depository. The U.S. Census Bureau listed more than 759,000 people in Cook County as living below the poverty level in 2004.

A key finding of the study is that growing numbers of Cook County residents are relying on agencies for stop-gap food assistance. Working poor families, parents of young children and elderly are among those who need Food Depository assistance to help make ends meet. Thirty-nine percent of the households who receive food from the Food Depository include at least one employed adult, according to the study. About 33 percent of the people the Food Depository serves are children under 18. Ten percent of study respondents were 65 and older.

More than 70 percent of Food Depository agencies reported an increase in need during the last four years.

“This study confirms what we have been hearing from our member soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters over the past few years: it’s getting tougher for people to make ends meet,” said Michael Mulqueen, executive director of the Food Depository. “The Food Depository has concentrated efforts on refining existing programs and developing new ones to help address the critical concerns of our most vulnerable citizens. What is especially important is that agencies are equipped to serve anyone who needs help.”

The Food Depository’s research was conducted in early 2005 in conjunction with America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization with a network of more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations. Nationwide, the study found that 25 million people rely on food and grocery assistance provided by network food banks and food rescue organizations. More than 52,000 clients and 30,000 agencies were surveyed nationwide. The study was designed and results validated by national research firm Mathematica Policy Research. For the Cook County study, 438 clients and 324 agency heads were interviewed. Improvements to local survey methodology in 2005—including additional questions clients were asked—prevent a direct comparison to a similar 2001 study.

“This study provides a new benchmark of hunger in Cook County and the results highlight growing needs,” said Lisa Koch, Food Depository director of public policy, who coordinated local study efforts. “While the Food Depository provides food to a half-million men, women and children, local census data tells us that we need continued support to shrink the gap between those who need help and our means to provide it.”

Other Chicago area findings include:

  • 25 percent of households served have at least one family member in poor health
  • 22 percent of clients surveyed live in the suburbs
  • Only 9 percent of clients are homeless—23 percent live in a house, 59
    percent reside in apartments and 8 percent own the place they live

Also highlighted were the hard choices people make and how food assistance helps make ends meet.

  • 41 percent of clients said they had to choose between paying for food and utilities or heating fuel
  • 31 percent reported choosing between paying for food and rent or mortgage
  • 26 percent of clients said they had to choose between food and paying for medicine or healthcare

Oftentimes, hard choices led to hunger.

  • 32 percent of clients with children said their children skipped meals during the previous year
  • 26 percent of adult clients said they didn’t eat for an entire day at least once during the last year
  • 81 percent of households reported a situation during the last year where the food they bought “just didn’t last and they didn’t have money to get more.”

In addition to distributing more than 40 million pounds of food annually, the Food Depository targets at-risk populations. Future programs under consideration include a program that focuses on distributing produce to seniors and a mobile pantry that responds to neighborhoods or agencies with increased needs. Current programs include:

Kids Cafes®—Partnerships with established after-school and summer programs where the Food Depository provides hot meals for children. The Food Depository now distributes meals, nutrition education and other initiatives to more than 30 sites and 1,800 children annually. Kids Cafes are a program of America’s Second Harvest administered locally by the Food Depository.

Chicago’s Community Kitchens—an intensive foodservice training program for unemployed and underemployed adults housed in the Food Depository’s state-of-the-art food bank and training center. The free, 12-week program moves students toward self-sufficiency through rigorous hand-on training, internships and job placement. More than 300 students have graduated from Chicago’s Community Kitchens, which strives to help individuals break their own cycles of poverty.

Pantry University—An award-winning initiative of the Food Depository, Pantry University is dedicated to continually strengthening the capabilities and reach of member agencies by providing educational workshops on topics such as food safety, nutrition, fundraising and information technology. More than 961 people representing 344 agencies have taken Pantry University classes.

Producemobiles—To make fresh fruits and vegetables available to low-income people, the Food Depository has two Producemobiles, 30-foot-long, refrigerated “farmers markets on wheels” that partner with community organizations to distribute up to 15,000 pounds each of free fresh fruits and vegetables among people at risk for hunger.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Delighted to Partner with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Starbucks to help fight hunger in Chicago

What could be a better combination than great coffee from Starbucks, delicious desserts from Eli’s, smiling volunteers and Starbucks associates all working together to fight hunger in Chicago.

Today, Eli’s and the Greater Chicago Food Depository teamed up with Starbucks at 18 Starbucks Cafes in Chicago and Cook County to raise funds and increase awareness of the GCFD and its important mission. In a time when fund raising for food pantries nationally is down and there are more hungry people, the funds are critical for the GFCD to serve so many people.

A perfect team; Leah of the GCFD with Miles and Missy of Starbucks at the Starbucks on West Taylor Street. What a beautiful display!

The success of the GFCD is in large part due to its dedicated volunteers. Here a couple tells the GCFD story and raises funds with Eli’s desserts.

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Eli’s Cheesecake teams up with Starbucks to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository
































Join Eli’s Cheesecake and Starbucks in supporting the Food Depository on Feb. 23

Sample treats from Eli’s Cheesecake and coffee from Starbucks on Feb. 23 and help fight hunger at the same time. At select Starbucks locations, Eli’s Cheesecake will be serving delicious desserts, Starbucks will be offering tasty coffee and the Food Depository will be collecting donations for hunger-relief efforts

The following locations will be participating in the Starbucks Coffee and Eli’s Cheesecake sampling event on Feb. 23 benefiting the Food Depository:

47th & Cicero, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
& Madison, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1430 West Taylor Street, 5 p.m. to 8
State & Adams, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
5300 North Clark Street, 5 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
670 North Michigan Avenue, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
444 North Michigan
Avenue, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
2023-25 West Roscoe Street, 5 p.m. to 8
Division & Dearborn, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Altgeld & Lincoln, 5
p.m. to 8 p.m.

Arlington Heights
1802 Arlington Heights Road, 5 p.m. to
8 p.m.

Dempster & Chicago, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
& McCormick, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rand & Dundee, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

181 North Barrington Raod, 5 p.m. to 8
1560 East Golf Road, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Streets of
Woodfield (601 N. Martingale Rd.), 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Woodfield Mall, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

5001 West Dempster Street, 5 p.m. to 8

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Eli’s Cheesecake to be honored at the Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Industry Awards Dinner

Over the years, all of us at Eli’s have been very proud of our partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We have been a regular donor of cheesecake to the GCFD and have used a number of our events from our annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and our debut in the Starbucks stores in Chicago as opportunities to raise funds and food donations for the GCFD.

Every year the GCFD hosts a Food Industry Awards Dinner sponsored by the leading food retailers in the Chicago area: Central Cooperative, Certified Grocers Midwest, Cub Foods, Dominick’s Finer Foods and Jewel-Osco. It is a rare occasion to get every retailer working together and it is a testament to our industry and to the important mission of the GCFD.

This year three awards will be given at the Food Industry Dinner on Thursday, October 20th; the Fresh Impact Award to the Chicago International Produce Market; the Consistent Provider Award to Holsum Bread; and the Hall of Fame Award to me (Marc Schulman) on behalf of Eli’s Cheesecake. This honor is a result of the initial award from the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club, which was endorsed by the GCFD Award Committee.

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Eli’s Team Up with Jewel Food Stores & the Chicago High School For Agriculture Sciences to help the Greater Chicago Food Depository

At Eli’s, our business is built upon our quality, committment to the community
and the power of our partnerships. A great example is our Food Drive this
weekend to help the Greater Chicago Food Despository. We are going to be giving
Eli’s Cheesecake Slices at the Winter Walk during the day on Saturday at the
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Our great friends at Jewel Food Stores helped
us get the word out by featuring the event in their Spotlight ad and our
partners at the Chicago High School for Agriculture Sciences are helping us pass
out the slices and collecting the cans.


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Starbucks & Eli’s Cheesecake Working together to Help the Greater Chicago Food Depository

One of our most important partners at Eli’s is the Greater Chicago Food
Depository (GCFD). When we opened Eli’s Cheesecake World on World Food Day in
1996, the inaugural beneficiary of our Eli’s Cheesecake Festival and grand
opening week was the GCFD. This partnership has continued for every Festival and
for regular donations of Eli’s products throughout the year. In fact, our
support resulted us as being named as the Supporter of the Year by GCFD.

For that reason, we were delighted when Starbucks asked us to help them raise
money and provide dessert for the GCFD. Last Thursday, we had the pleasure to
sample the new items that we are providing to all Chicago area Starbucks at 13
selected Cafes. It was a win win for the customers as they got to sample a great
Eli’s Cheesecake or dessert for making a cash donation directly to a GCFD
volunteer. This donation was then matched by 100% twice–first in cash by
Starbucks and second in dessert by Eli’s. In total over $3,000 in cash (enough
to provide more than 12,000 meals) and over $1,500 in dessert.

This was a great event because of the partnership between Starbucks, Eli’s
Cheesecake and the GCFD.

The photo on the left is of the award winning Starbucks at Lincoln and Wilson
on Chicago’s northwest side (just across the street from the Old Town School of
Folk Music). Imagine walking in the store and meeting two enthusiastic (an
understatement) Starbucks barristas assisted by two dynamite volunteers for the
GCFD, part of a delegation of volunteers from SBC, who gave their evening as
volunteers. Our thanks to Tiffany and Alisa of Starbucks and Dwight and Barbara
of SBC for being those special people.

Over at the 24 hour hour Starbucks at North and Wells, the guests had the
opportunity for table service. Our thanks to Jennifer (center picture left) and
her husband, Matt, and our publicist (and my wife), Maureen Schulman (center
picture right) for serving until 11pm.

Finally thanks to the dedicated support of Ilana Shaffer, of the GCFD, for
arranging the event. Illana is pictured below with husband, Marty, and Starbucks
manager, Arthur, who made the evening such a success.








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Eli’s Cheesecake Delighted to Partner with Starbucks in Chicago

Chicago is a great city for Starbucks with over 200 stores in the Greater
Chicago area. We were honored when Starbucks added Eli’s Cheesecake and desserts
as a special afternoon treat. Visit any Chicago Starbucks after 2pm and you have
your choice of Eli’s Original Cheesecake, Eli’s Tira Mi Su Cheesecake, Eli’s
Chocolate Caramel Pecan Torte and Eli’s Cappuccino Brownie made with Caffe
Verona (R).

The customer reponse has been great and we are honored to be a supplier
partners with such an outstanding organization.

We are participating in two upcoming events with Starbucks and our friends at
the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

On Wednesday, July 14th, we will be passing out samples of our cheesecake at
the “Ultimate Coffee Break” to be held from 11am to 2pm in Equity Plaza. 2 North
Riverside Drive. Come by and enjoy Starbucks blended beverages, sandwiches from
Starbucks and Eli’s Cheesecake and Desserts.

On Thursday, July 22nd, we will be sampling Eli’s Cheesecake and Desserts at
13 Starbucks locations throughout the Chicago area. Representatives of the Food
Depository will be on hand to take donations to that most worthy group, which
will be matched by Starbucks in dollars and matched by Eli’s in a cheesecake
donation. The hour and stores are as follows:


Intersection Address City Phone Hours
Madison & Morgan (UCO) 1001A W. Madison Ave Chicago 312.421.7073 1pm-4pm
Jackson & Wabash 55 E. Jackson Chicago 312.786.9201 1pm-4pm
LaSalle & Lake 180 N. LaSalle St Chicago 312.236.1286 1pm-4pm
Michigan & Erie 670 N. Michigan Chicago 312.787.2165 1pm-4pm
North & Wells, Pipers Alley 200-230 W North Ave Chicago 312.867.0186 5pm -11pm
Rush & Oak 932 N Rush Street Chicago 312.951.5436 5pm-8pm
Lincoln & Wilson 4553-4557 N Lincoln Ave Chicago 773.878.5609 5pm-8pm
Clark & Deming 2525 1/2 N Clark St Chicago 773.296.0898 5pm-8pm
Armitage & Sheffield 1001 W. Armitage Chicago 773.528.1340 5pm-8pm
Lincoln & Altgeld 2475 N. Lincoln Chicago 773.528.1275 5pm-8pm
Village Square, near Lake Cook 243 North Skokie Blvd Northbrook 847.509.1937 1pm -4pm
Plaza, near Touhy
100 S. Northwest Hwy Park Ridge 847.692.0435 5pm-8pm
Higgins & River 9500 Higgins Rd. Rosemont 847.696.1746 5pm-8pm


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