Chicago: Greater Chicago Food Depository

Service Type: 
Sponsoring Club: 
Yale Club of Chicago
Saturday, May 13, 2017
1:00pm to 3:45pm
Greater Chicago Food Depository See map
4100 W Ann Lurie Pl
Chicago, IL 60632
Parking available adjacent to the main building directly on the GCFD campus property. Children accompanied by adults may be as young as age fourteen. Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals, no flip-flops). 
One of every Service Day’s most popular events! We’ll be volunteering as “food packers” on the afternoon of Saturday, May 13th at the bright, modern campus of The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Chicago’s southwest side just off Pulaski Road, south of the Stevenson Expressway.
GCFD impacts both Chicago and the suburbs directly by providing food to dozens of Chicagoland foodbanks serving the elderly, schoolchildren, refugee families, and thousands of other people.
In the past, I’ve organized half a dozen volunteer days at GCFD. They’re amazing: bright, upbeat, extremely well organized. They train and support each volunteer, providing hats, aprons, gloves or whatever the project requires. On one visit, we packed boxes of food for Title I CPS students who receive free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches at school but nothing over the weekends. Another time we sorted fresh cabbages according to size and freshness, bagging them and boxing them for the Oak Park Food Bank and other similar distribution agencies. Another time we sorted and labeled unmarked cans of various kinds of food. At the end of each visit, we reviewed how much we’d accomplished and walked away tired but happy that we’d accomplished something.
You can invite family and friends to come along, as long as there’s room. Children as young as age fourteen are welcome!
Site Coordinator: 
Mike Rosanova ‘72, Ph.D. ‘80