This year, the GPA group helped package 5,700 pounds of bulk elbow macaroni into 2,800 two-pound bags. They worked in groups to shovel the macaroni into bins, fill, weigh and close individual bags, then label and box them to be sent out. The bags are distributed to individuals in need throughout Cook County, IL, including older adults, children, the working poor, single-parent families and the newly unemployed.
"I am honored that the GPA team had the chance to again contribute to the wonderful work that the Greater Chicago Food Depository does for the community. In a time where so many people are in need, it’s especially critical to support one another whenever possible. We look forward to future opportunities where the GPA team can help make a positive difference in the community,” said Tom Brooker, president of GPA.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes 64 million pounds of food, including more than 21 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.