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Pork Power! Greater Chicago Food Depository Receives 5,300 Pounds of Pork

gcfd_logo.pngIf you've watched TV, walked past Daley Plaza or read the news this week, it's apparent that the holiday season has officially arrived. I'll be the first to admit that these early signs of the upcoming holiday make me incredibly happy, but more important than shopping deals, the Kristkindlmarket and the holiday train is helping those in need.

I have Christmas music on my iPod all year and just over the past week I've stopped skipping the Christmas songs when they start playing. It's safe to say that I've been on my way to full-on holiday mode for awhile now and today I received some news from the Greater Chicago Food Depository that put me over the top.

Just in time for the holiday season, at a time of increased demand, The Illinois Pork Producers Association, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Illinois Soybean Association presented the Greater Chicago Food Depository with 5,300 pounds of ground pork. This donation is part of a larger program, Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois.

Food banks have seen an average increase of 30% in the number of people seeking food and this donation will ensure that the hungry families in Chicago receive more than 21,000 servings of vital meat protein.

Happy Holidays, Chicago!

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The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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