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Published on October 17th, 2014 | by editor

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New Partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository Benefits Wright Community

DSC_0498The hard work and dedication of several of our staff and faculty members has resulted in an exciting new partnership that is already greatly benefitting Wright and its surrounding community. On October 17, Wright College began serving as a community distribution point for fresh fruits and vegetables provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD)’s “Producemobile.” This pilot partnership was initiated through Wright’s Service Learning Committee – which originated as an AQIP initiative – as a way to increase support for our students and engage the broader community, particularly as a way to address food insecurity and hunger.

On the third Friday of each month, on the 1st floor of the Parking Garage, the GCFD Producemobile will provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to those in need – whether students, faculty, staff or community members. Distribution dates are October 17, November 21, and December 19, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Volunteers support this effort by receiving and distributing the produce, beginning at 7:45 a.m. on distribution days.

DSC_0500Maureen Fitzpatrick’s persistence and professionalism was essential in developing and solidifying the partnership. Professor Alicia Anzaldo has been the key contact spearheading this initiative with faculty. Katie Ordinario has served as the key liaison with students volunteers. Professor Kurt Leslie has offered to compost food scraps in the Dunning Community Garden on the Wright College campus. Others contributing their time and energy in this effort include: Timothy Andriano, Michael Dompke, Doris Espiritu, Kevin Li, Jackie Lonquist, Merry Mayer, Jack Murphy, Maureen Heffern Ponicki, and Kenneth Santiago, as well as other student, faculty and staff volunteers. In addition, 26 faculty members who are part of the service learning committee participated in the GCFD planning meeting in August during Faculty Development Week.

I am grateful for their efforts and impressed with the way they have collaborated in this effort. Please join me in thanking all those who have worked to make this possible, especially all of the volunteers. I am certain that many in our community will find great value and benefit in this initiative.

Please share the information about the GCFD Producemobile and Producemobile Flyer with your contacts in the community.

With all best wishes,

David

David Potash, President

Wilbur Wright College

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