February 06, 2015
By Adriana Stanovici
I was reminded on Wednesday about the generosity and compassion of many people in our community. We had 13,000 pounds of food donated by the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), and we found out at the last minute that our volunteer group had not arrived. On top of that, the back entrance was blocked due to the recent snowstorms. It was starting to look like we might have to cancel Produce Mobile that day.
But we were united to make it happen. GCFD staff went above and beyond to unload the produce from the front driveway. YMCA staff Steve D., Rosa, Steve V., Ya-Ya, Camelia, Carmen, Eric, Alex, Lautrice, Taylor and others also jumped in to unload and pack the produce. The Logan Square Neighborhood Association responded to a community blast and sent eight staff to help us. A huge shout out to Nancy, Lucy and their ambassadors and staff! Even the people who came to receive food put their carts down and rushed to help us.
Thanks to everyone’s help, we started the distribution only 30 minutes late!
A community member who had never been to Produce Day told me with tears in her eyes that she did not expect the amount of food that she received. An older woman expressed thanks to the Y for organizing Produce Days. She’s on disability and wouldn't have had enough food to last the entire month.
This inspiring day was possible thanks to our dedicated Y staff and amazing community partners. People depend on Produce Days, and together we came through for them.
Adriana Stanovici is the Health and Wellness Manager at the McCormick Tribune YMCA of Metro Chicago.