Bigger Table is Making a Difference.
Bigger Table launched as an organization in March of 2020, just as the global pandemic was coming to Chicago. From the beginning we have leveraged the simple, powerful idea that food ingredient companies and manufacturers could collaborate and make a difference in fighting food insecurity in Chicagoland. Just over three years later, we are proud to report that through the incredible and generous contributions of the food & beverage industry, Bigger Table will have donated over 2 million servings of healthy foods and beverages made from donated ingredients, manufacturing time, know-how, and packaging.
Currently Distributing: Plant-Based Chili
As the cold weather and higher food prices persists, many are in need of a warm and satisfying meal. That’s why we are thrilled to announce the distribution of approximately 450,000 servings of Bigger Table’s Plant-Based Chili, a high-protein, high-fiber meal that has been months in the making. Crafted by a professional chef and made with donated ingredients from ADM, ofi, and Pacific Foods, our chili is now being distributed throughout Chicagoland via our food banks and pantries.
But why chili? How do we know this the right product to create? Because we partnered with food banks to understand their needs. Food banks tell us they often lack healthy options for those who can’t or won’t eat meat. So we made the chili vegan, and also provided instructions to supplement it with meat or other items from the food bank to suit personal taste and dietary preferences. Because all of us deserve a healthy, hearty meal, regardless of our income.
What sets Bigger Table Chili apart? Each family-sized pouch, which serves four, contains an impressive 48 grams of protein and 24 grams of fiber, offering delicious taste, long-lasting fullness, and vital nutrition to the 1 in 6 Chicagoland families who are food insecure.
Bigger Table’s plant-based chili is distributed through partner food banks and service organizations— the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Central Illinois Food Bank, Beyond Hunger, Glenwood Academy, Greater Chatham Initiative, Bronzeville Kenwood Mutual Aid Association, and others to bring this nutritious and delicious product to those in need. We’re honored to support these groups on the front line fighting hunger.
Giving Back and Getting Engaged in Your Community
Ingredient & Manufacturing Companies: Are you looking for a way for your employees to give back to the community? Have you found yourself with excess ingredients you typically throw away, or ingredients that don’t quite meet production specifications? Work with Bigger Table!
Bigger Table takes these ingredients and engages your team to create food for those in need. By donating your excess ingredients to us, you not only contribute to a great cause, but you also receive an enhanced tax benefit for your donation.
Through generosity of our partners so far, we’re excited to announce our plans for a lineup of incredible products for the year ahead, including:
- High Protein Fruit Smoothie
- High Protein Pancake Mix
- Hearty Soup & Stew
- Healthy Mac & Cheese
To create these amazing products, we’re currently seeking proteins, flavors, fruits & veggies, starches, acidifiers—and the dedication of your team to help make a difference in the communities in which you operate. If you’re interested in learning more on how your company can make a difference with Bigger Table, please contact Beth at Bigger Table.
Our partnerships with local companies has enabled us to not only provide tasty and nutritious meals, but to also do so efficiently and at scale. The dedication to our mission and the expertise has been critical in ensuring that we can reach as many people as possible with our programs. We are grateful for ongoing support and collaboration as we work towards a Chicagoland where no one goes hungry.