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CHIditarod is Chicago's 100% volunteer-driven epic urban shopping cart race, charity food drive, costumed beauty pageant, talent show and chaos generator, all in one. It's a micro-grant fundraiser for the CHIditarod Foundation, and probably the world's largest mobile food drive, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

You can feel it in the cold, frigid air. It's coming. Chicago -- on Saturday March 5, 2016 -- we ride into our second decade together. Dust off your cart, fire up the blowtorch, sew all the things, baton down the hatches, grease them wheels and prepare thyselves! CHIditarod cometh.
CHIditarod is more than just costumes and shopping carts. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to eradicating hunger. Our annual micro-grant program has provided $75,000 in funds to Chicago-area nonprofits solving hunger challenges via education, innovation, and direct action. CHIditarod is a 100% volunteer driven event; we need over 350+ volunteers on race day.


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Grant Awardee Spotlight: Purple Asparagus

CHIditarod has again chosen to sponsor Purple Asparagus in our 2015 Grant Cycle. In Chicago’s low-income communities obesity rates for children may be as high as 70%. The goal of Purple Asparagus is simple: change the way children eat. Purple Asparagus has been working over the past decade to address nutritional issues children face, and…

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CHIditarod Foundation Seeks Board Members

The CHIditarod Foundation is seeking to add members to its Board of Directors. Read on for more details and instructions for how to apply. Applications must be received by Sunday, January 24 2016 in order to be considered.  About the CHIditarod Foundation We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Chicago, IL, that hosts large,…


Holiday Hunger in Chicago

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, who all racer food donations help support, notes that more than 812,000 men, women, and children, or 1:6 in Cook County depend on them each year. During a time of year where many are picking out presents, going to parties, and debating between peppermint flavored cookies or brownies, there are…

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ChiditaBowl 2016

Let’s go Bowling.  An all-team, all-participant fundraiser for the 2016 CHIditarod. We had so much fun doing it in 2014 that we’re bringing it back for the winter of 2016.

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Grant Awardee Spotlight: Chicago Lights

One of our grant recipients for our 2015 cycle is Chicago Lights. This organization’s mission is to provide hope and opportunity to our city’s children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Chicago Lights uses supportive relationships and diverse programs to empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and…

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Grant Awardee Spotlight: NeighborSpace

Since the 1960s, community groups across Chicago have used vacant or untended lots as opportunities to create open spaces in their neighborhoods. As housing and commercial building increased, green space decreased. In the mid-1990s, studies showed that Chicago ranked 18th out of 20 cities of comparable size in the ratio of open space acres to…

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Grant Awardee Spotlight: Gardeneers

The CHIditarod Foundation is proud to be a part of ‘cultivating healthy futures’ with the Gardeneers. Gardeneers is an nonprofit organization that helps schools sustain effective school garden programs, specifically focusing on low-income communities and food deserts. Gardeneers are garden educators that implement weekly garden-based curriculum for students as well as doing garden maintenance when…

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CHIditarod XI is March 5, 2016

CHIditarod XI is March 5, 2016 Since snow has officially fallen here in Chicago, it seems like a great time to share the date for our favorite frost fest — CHIditarod XI — is set for March 5, 2016. Stay tuned for the usual details about fundraising, registration (opening Jan 15, 2016), and more. Thanks…

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