The Chicago DSSO and Central Regional Office help support our community partners at Restoration Ministries through our monthly volunteer efforts at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.
Founded in 1979, the GCFD makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the GCFD distributed 67 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat — the equivalent of 154,000 meals every day.
Many of our team members volunteer one Saturday morning each month for this great cause and partnership, earning Restoration Ministries 214 pounds of much-needed food for every volunteer at the GCFD. Mornings at the GCFD typically consist of helping repack large donations of food into smaller quantities so it can be distributed to other community organizations. These repacks are fun team building opportunities where TFS volunteers can put our core values and attributes into action for the betterment of our local communities.
Chicago DSSO DSSM Kevin McKeever leads by example through his consistent, selfless volunteerism.
“It always amazes me that a very short amount of volunteering time can impact so many people in need,” says KcKeever when asked about his experience at the GCFD to benefit Restoration Ministries. “Three hours a month helping sort food items impacts nearly 147,000 people each week.”