- Jul 23, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, the Chamber is pleased to again offer members an outstanding way to give back to the community by helping to fight hunger right in our own backyard. On Thursday, August 27th, the Chamber will host a Meal Packing event where members will package over 40,000 meals for distribution to food banks through the Illinois Food Bank. Participants are asked to donate two hours of time to assemble meals alongside other colleagues, in a fun and energized setting.
Through a partnership with Outreach, a charitable organization that specializes in mobile meal packing events, the Chamber will hold the event on Thursday, August 27. New this year, the event will be held in space donated by the Hilton Chicago Northbrook. Outreach will provide the ingredients for specially fortified macaroni and cheese dinner packets that will be filled, sealed and packed for delivery on a 10 – 12 person assembly line. Each packet will provide enough ingredients to feed 6 people.
Lively music provided by local D.J. Charizma, and light refreshments and beverages will be provided for workers each shift. The event is designed to foster camaraderie and friendly competitiveness. Last year over 250 employees from 81 member companies participated, with many businesses using the event as a great team building exercise.
It is extremely rewarding for businesses to come together to give back to those in need in our backyard,” comments Steve Margis, UL. “We are very fortunate to have a strong business community and this event provides us a channel to give back. Collectively we can drop a pebble of social responsibility that continues to result in multiple ripples of good will beyond this single vital event.”
Members are encouraged to register for one of the two shifts, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m or 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. At each shift volunteers will be assigned a single task, either measuring the ingredients, filling the plastic pouches, sealing them, or loading them into boxes for delivery. Outreach will provide training for all volunteers at the start of the two hour shift.
The Chamber is providing funding to compile over 40,000 meals, however additional contributions which will make it possible to package even more meals are encouraged. At a cost of $.25 per meal, even a small $10.00 donation will add 40 meals to the total. Advance donations are encouraged so that Outreach can plan ahead and provide enough supplies.