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  •  There are food banks all around the US ... (9+ / 0-)

    ... 160 of them at last count.

    We toured one recently, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, serving Cook County. It has 160 employees ... and 22,000 volunteers. Some 93% of its contributions go to gathering and distributing food through 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and programs. This past year, it served 5 ½ million individuals.

    Here's who it serves:

    - 37% are children under 18
    - 9% are children under 5
    - 6% are homeless
    - 34% of households include at least one employed adult
    - 22% of households report their main source of income is from a job
    - 47% of households say they have to choose between paying for food and utilities
    - 44% report choosing between paying for food and rent or mortgage


    Its motto:

    WE HAVE 1 GOAL, 1 MISSION.
    TO FIGHT HUNGER,
    1 DOLLAR, 1 MEAL, 1 PERSON AT A TIME.
    UNTIL THE DAY
    NO 1 GOES HUNGRY.

    SNAP cutbacks hurt people. The food banks help. They're not enough. Write Congress. Donate to your local food bank.

    Then ... have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 02:42:06 PM PST

    •  I find that links are always good, TRPChicago . (2+ / 0-)
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      Is this the correct link? It looks like it.

      The Greater Chicago Food Depository

      Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

      by rebel ga on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 02:50:09 PM PST

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      •  Right! Sorry, I should have linked. (2+ / 0-)
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        This is a very professional outfit. And a very caring one.

        I did not add that it has a Community Kitchen project where people who need a second or third start can learn culinary arts. Basic things, nothing fancy - no fois gras here - for 12 weeks. Then two more of field training AND counseling in career expectations, managing their own finances, dealing with the next stage of their lives.

        The thousandth graduate of the program will get his or her diploma next month. Talk about reinforcing the community!

        2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

        by TRPChicago on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 04:06:15 PM PST

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    •  Well said (n/t) (0+ / 0-)

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

      by Joan McCarter on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 03:18:52 PM PST

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