In Cook County, nearly 800,000 individuals are food insecure, not knowing when or where their next meal will be. In a food rich society, many people in Chicagoland, including children, often go to bed hungry. Marquette Bank is dedicated to helping local food banks and neighborhood food pantries. Employees regularly volunteer hunger relief organizations and donate food to local organizations.
Annual Neighborhood Food Drive - Food items are collected at all branches and given to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) and the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB), where they will be distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the Chicagoland area.
Port Ministries’ Food Truck - Each month during the summer, Bank employees pack over 300 hundred lunch bags with a sandwich, drink, fruit and snack, which is then distributed by the Port Ministries Bread Truck to local adults and children living in poverty.
GCFD volunteering - Bank employees and family members contribute hundreds of volunteer hours at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, sorting and packing food that is later distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the Chicagoland area.