Earlier in March, the United Center announced it would transform itself into a logistics hub to aid in response and relief measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday morning, it announced an actionable development in that effort. Moving forward, the UC will act as a satellite storage facility for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository (@FoodDepository), Chicago’s food bank, will be utilizing our arena as a satellite storage facility in response to the increased need for food.— United Center (@UnitedCenter) March 31, 2020
For details on how we're assisting emergency relief efforts, visit: https://t.co/zqaVAtWV17 pic.twitter.com/YwsSlY1jaW
"By alleviating space in the food bank’s warehouse, the Food Depository can bring additional volunteers into their facility to build more family food boxes in an environment that adheres to social distancing protocols," a statement reads. "These boxes will continue to be distributed to those in need by the Food Depository’s partner network throughout Chicago and Cook County."
On Sunday, March 29, the United Center also hosted a Personal Protective Equipment drive to crowdsource and distribute healthcare supplies to local providers.