The National Restaurant Association announced today that exhibiting companies at the 2011 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show – held May 21-24 at Chicago's McCormick Place – donated more than 37,000 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD).

"Being in the hospitality industry, it comes naturally to the vendors, suppliers and manufacturers that exhibited at NRA Show 2011 to give back to the local community and help feed the hungry," said C.W. Craig Reed, convention chair for NRA Show 2011 and director of food and beverage, Broadmoor Hotel. "As the nation's largest restaurant and foodservice industry trade show, we are honored to have such generous exhibitors that helped feed tens of thousands of individuals."

NRA Show 2011 exhibitors donated a total of 50,013 pounds of food products, distributed through a network of more than 600 qualified GCFD member agencies including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers and senior living facilities.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the community.

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