Mar 272013

Twelve Moraine Valley students with Act Out Now visited the Greater Chicago Food Depository this Wednesday, March 26 to lend a hand toward ending food insecurity in Cook County. According to a Feeding America study recently released, data shows there are 807,690 food insecure people in Cook County currently. That means one in every six people are chronically hungry and do not know where there next meal will come from. These are startling statistics and the number is on the rise.

Well, today, we tried to make a tiny ding in the problem by packing at Chicago’s food bank. Today we packed bulk corn flakes into one-pound bags, boxed them, and prepared them for shipping to some of the 600 agencies the GCFD serves throughout Cook County including local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. We worked hard as a team, and, when all was said and done, packed 216 cases of corn flakes; that’s 2,116 lbs of corn flakes. Not bad. Thank you to everyone who turned out. Thank you Maya, Emily, and Eugene from the GCFD for hosting us, and thank you MVCC students!

Feb 172013

We’re heading to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). 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.

For this service-learning opportunity, volunteers may repack bulk products to individual/family sizes, assemble boxes with assorted food, check expiration dates and label products. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Long pants and closed toed shoes are REQUIRED to work in the warehouse and individuals not dressed properly will be turned away. Changes and cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure the GCFD invites us back in the future. Please follow through if you commit to this service.

Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4100 West 42nd Place, Chicago, IL 60632

Contact us for more information or to RSVP this opportunity.