According to Kate Meehr, Executive Director & CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, “increasingly, hunger is the face of somebody who has a job, it’s an older adult, a veteran, a child and not who you think it is”. The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank “is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in their community”
It’s through volunteer efforts and donors in the community that the Greater Chicago Food Depository is able to obtain the resources required to meet their objective. IGLTA convention attendees can support this charity during the Volunteer Day Event on May 4th, 2013.
Founded in 1978, the Food Depository currently distributes 64 million pounds of food, including more than 21 million pounds of produce, to 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County. According to their website, “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.” For this event, volunteers will be able to assist with repackaging and sorting of items for distribution. This is a wonderful opportunity to not only contribute efforts to support sustainable living for a community, but also, this is an opportunity to gain insight into how the center helps people break the cycle of poverty.
The IGLTA Foundation Volunteer Day is being held on May 4th, 2013 and is open to IGLTA convention attendees as well as their friends and family. This is an opportunity to raise awareness for our industry by demonstrating to communities and groups that members of the LGBT community are true global citizens interested in sustainable tourism and improving the lives of people in the destinations we visit. In addition to volunteer support, the IGLTA Foundation will also be making a donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
For more information or to register for one of the volunteer opportunities, please visit http://igltafoundation.org/volunteer2013/.
by Warren Brown, for the IGLTA Foundation
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