Chiditarod XVII: Block Party Edition

The ongoing pandemic has forced us off course again. Our solution for 2022: A BlockDitarod Party!

No race, but we’ll still have the competition, pageantry, and hijinks you’re used to. We’re taking over Fulton Street by Cobra Lounge for a day of donating food, fundraising, and celebrating the community we have created dedicated to fighting hunger in the Chicagoland region for 17 years.

Fundraising for CHIditarod Foundation

The Greater Chicago Food Depository — which is a major resource for many of the organizations supported by the Chiditarod Foundation — expects to spend more than double the amount of money on food purchasing in fiscal 2022 as they did in 2021. A clear sign that the effects of the pandemic on hunger and food insecurity are not getting better. The CHIditarod Foundation seeks to alleviate hunger and solve the root causes of hunger through creativity, engagement and direct action.

This event will raise funds safely and remotely, and help provide grants to local, small 501(c)(3) organizations that share our hunger-fighting mission.

2021 CHIditarod Season Recap

WE DID IT! It looked like quarantine might have slowed us down, but our community pulled together to blow away expectations and set a new fundraising record!

  • $120,000+ Raised for Community Grants
  • 23,553 Meals Packed Up for the Hungry
  • 5,000+ Pounds of Food Donated!

Film Challenge

We really missed dressing up and gathering to race carts last year, but our Film Challenge videos gave us a sweet taste of the Spirit of CHIditarod.

GCFD Takeover

The Greater Chicago Food Depository normally comes to the start of the race to collect food donations, last year we brought the party to GCFD.

Telethon & Awards

Our live stream ceremony featured Film Challenge videos, award winners, and the amazing work made possible by CHIditarod Foundation grants!

2021 Fundraising Total

$123,812 / 120,000

Top Fundraising Teams

Nomeward Bound $37,937
Coreganizers! $17,423
3GS&T 15th Ed. $14,004
Salesforce Chicago Trailblazers $7,655
Chidiots $6,966

Top Fundraisers

Jenna Stworzyjanek $12,057
Marty Crenlon $11,994
Alixa Sharkey $8,069
Devin Breen $7,912
Leslie Engel $4,970