News stories, commentaries and media mentions featuring our programs, people and impact


Media Mentions

How Food Banks Succeeded and What They Need Now
The New York Times | March 31, 2021
An Upshot analysis of food distribution during COVID-19 prominently featured the Greater Chicago Food Depository and included The Friendship Center in a map depicting the pounds of food distributed to Chicago food pantries (our intake more than quadrupled).


Television Features

Friendship Center Helps Feed Pets
Fox Chicago Morning News | Aug. 9, 2020
The Friendship Center’s Ross Outten talks about the food pantry’s services helping Chicago families feed their pets and a special fundraiser coinciding with National Dog Day.


Food and More for Several Northside Neighborhoods
WTTW Chicago Tonight | July 8, 2020
Friendship Center Board Member Melissa Sobota talks about the food pantry during the “In Your Neighborhood” Lincoln Square segment with Amanda Vinicky.


Op-Eds & Commentaries

CPS parents are getting $450 to buy food. For those who can, a plea to pay it forward.
Chicago Tribune | April 26, 2021
Op-ed by Jaime Freedman, a Chicago Public Schools parent and Circle of Help founder

“I’m starving” means true hunger for too many in Chicago
Chicago Tribune | Sept. 10, 2019
Commentary by Ross Outten, Friendship Center director of development.