Photo courtesy of Marty Groark/Section 8 Chicago

Section 8 Food Drive

Section 8 Chicago, the Independent Supporters' Association for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, is teaming with the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository to combat hunger at the dawn of 2011. S8C is taking a two-pronged approach, initiating both an Virtual Food Drive and also organizing an event where donations can be accepted in person.

The Virtual Food Drive is a way for interested parties to help the GCFD purchase food at wholesale cost, stretching the buying power of every dollar in these tough economic times. Interested donors can access the VFD site at (

S8C will be accepting donations of food in person on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 2-8PM at SmallBar,1415 W. Fullerton in Chicago. This event will take place in conjunction with S8C's annual post-holiday party, giving Chicago soccer fans and residents of the surrounding neighborhood a chance to come together for both a social event and to support the fight against hunger.

According to the CFD, hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans rely on food aid every year. Following the holiday season, the need is greater than ever as most donations are focused on the close of the previous year. It is the goal of Section 8 Chicago to lessen the blow at the start of 2011.

About Section 8 Chicago

Section 8 Chicago is the Independent Supporters' Association (ISA) for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. We are a registered 501(c)7 non-profit organization run by volunteers through an elected board of directors. We represent all Fire supporters, organizing in-stadium support, road trips, tailgates, watch parties and social events.

About the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 66 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 135,000 meals every day. The Food Depository’s programs and services for children, older adults and the unemployed and underemployed address the root causes of hunger. For more information, log onto or call 773-247-FOOD.