The city, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, BJ's Market and many other nonprofits have invested nearly $18 million in Black and brown businesses to feed the migrants.
"The $17 million investment for these 18 black and brown small businesses really captures what I call the soul of Chicago. It's who we are," Mayor Brandon Johnson said.
By the end of last year, the food depository and their contracted restaurants served 18,000 daily meals across 21 city shelters. Mayor Johnson said he thanked everyone involved for their continuing hard work.
"I actually think it's quite fitting that we are in this wonderful small business because it has been Black and brown small businesses that have stepped up in this moment, in this crisis, to respond to these families who are arriving here," the mayor said.
Businesses who partnered saw an increase in revenue while adding more positions to fill orders.