Connected for 45: Celebrating Communities, Fighting Hunger.
This year, we are excited to celebrate a momentous milestone -- 45 years of harnessing the power of communities to end hunger. We have come a long way since our inception, and many of you have witnessed firsthand the importance of our work. We will spend this year honoring our roots while looking ahead to what our legacy holds for the future. We invite you to join us as we reflect on our incredible journey and the impact we have had, with your help, to fight for a hunger-free future.
Honoring Our Roots, Embracing Our Legacy
In 1987 a small group of passionate women saw a need in their community and chose to take action. Starting as a collaboration between the Community of Congregations and a local girl scout troop, the original founders of Beyond Hunger started off providing holiday food baskets to those in need.
After a couple years, and seeing an increase in the community's needs for consistent groceries, our founders began receiving USDA commodities as a Greater Chicago Food Depository Member Agency.
Community in Action
We have come a long way in our 45 years, and many of you have been alongside us for much of that time. This year, we are not just celebrating this milestone, but honoring the individuals and organizations that make this work possible. Your presence, dedication, and shared vision of our mission have shaped the heart of who we are. We are always stronger when we are connected.
Behind every success story is a team of dedicated individuals committed to making a difference. Our staff, one of the backbones of our organization, works everyday to ensure that each program uplifts, educates, and nurtures our community. We believe the individuals we serve are not just recipients of our programming: their knowledge and input are what make our services unique and sustainable.
The Next 45 and Beyond
We have never lost sight of the gratitude and generosity that our founders carried with them, and have made it our mission to embed this philosophy into all of our initiatives. We are certain that the next 45 years and beyond will only continue to better serve our community and fight to end hunger.
Stay tuned for more events and updates as we celebrate our 45th anniversary!