MVCC Service Learning Event: GCFD


The Greater Chicago Food Depository

As you know, this semester our research and writing will be focused on service, civic engagement, and community action. During the first half of our semester, or so, I am working to arrange a number of service experiences for you to participate in. I will ask that everybody participate in at least one of these service opportunities during the first half of the semester. I understand that everyone is very busy, has other commitments, and will find it challenging to schedule this kind of work into their lives; however, I also know that this work is essential. So, I ask that you be as flexible as you can. Of course even with flexibility on your part, I understand that the particular opportunities I’ve arranged just might not work for you. If that is the case, it is up to you to arrange another service experience on your own that can fit your schedule. (I’ll will try to work with you to offer ideas where I can, but ultimately it would be your responsibility to find such an opportunity. They’re not hard to find. Just be sure to approve it with me first.) Fair enough? I think so.

I’ve already shared information with you about our first service opportunity, and many of you signed-up to attend this event. Another service opportunity I have arranged is through The Greater Chicago Food Depository–a critical Chicago service organization located about 25 minutes from Moraine’s campus. The GCFD began in 1978 to assist people in Chicagoland struggling with food insecurity and chronic hunger. They are a major hub in a food distribution network, distributing 69 million pounds of food, including more than 18 million pounds of produce, to 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County. Nearly 142,000 men, women and children turn to the Food Depository’s network each week, and nearly 678,000 people turn to the network annually.

I have arranged a visit for us to visit The Greater Chicago Food Depository to repack food for distribution to community food pantries in Cook County. The details of this scheduled event and how to sign-up if you want to are below. Please check it out.

The Event Details

Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4100 West 42nd Place, Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (773) 247-3663

Directions from Moraine

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Want to do it? Here’s how.

If you’d like to participate in this event, put your name on the sign-up sheet I sent around in class or e-mail to let me know right away. If you send an e-mail, please mention the name of this trip and how many people you will be bringing with you, if any. I need an RSVP from by Noon on Monday, March 8, as the GCFD requires this.

  1. Sign-up to attend this food repacking session at the Greater Chicago Food Depository by clicking the link below, which will take you to the “contact the professor” form for our class. Be sure to mention the name of the trip, so I know which one you are signing up, let me know if and how many people you will be bringing with you, and whether you need a ride (or can offer a ride).
  2. Note the following: Showing up on time for this event is essential. Long pants and closed toed shoes are REQUIRED to work in the warehouse and individuals not dressed properly will be turned away. And finally, please bring an item of canned or packaged food to donate.
  3. Again, if you’d like to participate in this service learning opportunity, you need to sign-up for it by no later than 3/8. This is really important, as the GCFD is firm about getting the final head count from us by this time. It could jeopardize future visits to their organization if we don’t abide by this request. Thanks.

Can’t make this event?

Like I said, if you can’t make this event, I understand. I have already or will arrange other service outings that might suit you better. If the above opportunity works for your schedule, though, please sign-up for it rather than put this off. It feels good to be of service, and it will provide us opportunity to learn and write about important issues.

A Connected Writing Assignment

Whether you choose this service opportunity, another one that I have arranged, or one of your own finding or design, I will ask that you complete a connected writing assignment–a reflection of service. Note that this opportunity falls later than the week 8 deadline for the first service-learning experience of our course and after the scheduled due date for reflective writing assignment. Because of this, those who confirm their attendance at the event before March 8 (and follow through) will have until the first class of week 11 to complete the paper. Let me know if you have questions. The details of this assignment will be released soon if they are not already.