18,000 Pounds of Cabbage!
About halfway through our week in the city, our two serving teams met at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). After sharing a deep dish pizza supper in the parking lot, we checked in at the lobby. We got our orientation and then were ushered into a giant warehouse. After getting aprons, gloves, hair (and beard!) nets, we got into our assignment: CABBAGES! The GCFD receives large quantities of all kinds of donated food, arranges volunteers to process it then makes it available for many food banks and soup kitchens in the area.
Our job was to check the cabbages for damage and then place them in 25 pounds boxes to be distributed. It was really fun work and our team worked so hard! The students joyfully yelled when a new forklift-full of cabbages were brought in to be sorted causing some smirks from the regular staff there. I know they appreciated our work ethic and our enthusiasm. I was proud of our work that night. It feels good to be a part of a generous process and it was really fun work!
Ask a team member that you know about the cabbages and what other memorable experiences they had on the trip! We invite you to join us on October 22 at 6:30 pm in the Prayer Chapel, where we will be able to share more stories from our outreach in Chicago!
Thanks to everyone who donated financially and prayed for us while we were preparing and on the trip.