In an effort to give back to the community, on March 26, 2011, 30 GPA employees, friends and family members volunteered their time at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
The GPA team spent the morning working on the repacking line with other volunteers creating meal kits that can feed a family of four for three to five days. GPA volunteers repacked bulk items to individual/family size and assembled boxes with assorted food. The boxes are intended for families in crisis, which includes those who have lost their homes to fire and those suffering from economic or other difficulties.“We appreciate the opportunity to give back to our community by assisting in the wonderful work done by The Greater Chicago Food Depository. Now more than ever, there’s such a need for volunteer support in our community. We look forward to future opportunities where we can work together to make a positive difference in the lives of others,” said Tom Brooker, President of GPA.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes 66 million pounds of food, including more than 12.8 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.