CEO, Greater Chicago Food Depository
Kate Maehr was appointed chief executive officer of the Greater Chicago Food Depository in 2006. Since her appointment, the Food Depository has increased its annual distribution by 65 percent, to 66 million pounds of nutritious food. The food bank has initiated several innovative programs with the objective of reaching priority populations, such as children and older adults, to further its mission of ending hunger in Cook County. Recent achievements include the creation of a SNAP benefits outreach program, the Healthy Kids Markets pantries-in-schools initiative and a meal production program that delivers more than 13,500 meals for children weekly. The program was named the Community Kitchen Program of the Year in 2008 by Feeding America.
Before becoming chief executive officer, Kate oversaw the Food Depository’s fundraising, public policy and communications initiatives. She is the president of Feeding Illinois, the state’s coalition of food banks, and co-chair of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger. Kate served on the Social Services and Healthcare Committee as part of new Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s transition and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin.