12:45pm to 4:15pm
The campus includes ample off-street parking. The site is near the Stevenson Expressway at Pulaski and 42nd Street, Ann Lurie Place named in honor of one of the great champions of GCFD.
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.
Youngster ages 14 & older are welcome! Long pants and close-toe shoes are required for safety. The facility is fully air conditioned and climate controlled, all indoors.
Volunteers must register with the Food Depository and complete the waiver.