Feeding 50,000 and Celebrating Friendship, Service & Ability!
Dominican University in west suburban River Forest was the site of The Second Annual TVC Feed Our Community Day involving some 300+ volunteers, with and without disabilities, working together to create 50,000 shelf stable macaroni and cheese meals that were then donated to 5 local food pantries. Thanks to generous funding from Community Memorial Foundation, The Congregation of St. Joseph, Newman’s Own Foundation and ConAgra Foods, our Trinity Volunteers were able to take the lead among other adults with disabilities from like-minded organizations including L’Arche, Opportunity Knocks, Aspire, Community Support Services, Helping Hand and UCP Seguin in staffing a dozen production lines alongside Dominican University students and a variety of Old St. Pat’s and other facilitator volunteers. Many thanks to Bill Kanatas and Chris Coyne from FEED6 for the amazing logistics and to professional photographer Dan Pels for donating his services to help tell the story of a great day celebrating friendship, service, and ability!
Trinity Volunteer Ian Elsen and Dominican University undergraduate Victoria Lao measure pasta at the beginning of the assembly line.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of LaGrange were some of the earliest supporters of Trinity Volunteer Corps. They not only helped fund this year’s TVC Feed Our Community Day but also turned out in full force to volunteer alongside our Trinity Volunteers.
Trinity Volunteer Amanda Ebersol is assisted by Dominican University student Erica Cardenas — right at the center of all the food packaging action!
Trinity Volunteer Susan Pasowicz is proud of the opportunity to feed hungry neighbors.
We surprised FEED6 organizers when we were able to finish packing all 50,000 meals in record time. We are especially good working together with friends on an assembly line.
TVC Board Member Betty O’Toole assists Trinity Volunteers on a weekly basis so she was a perfect one to serve as Table Captain organizing volunteers of all ability levels.
Chef Alan Yuen of Friendship Chinese Restaurant is a great supporter of TVC and enjoyed working side by side with our Trinity Volunteers.
Overview of our speedy assembly lines!
Beautiful, accessible space and warm hospitality provided by Dominican University!
Trinity Volunteer Jackie Finn (second from right) worked in the kitchen with DU Nutrition Science students preparing delicious recipes that augmented the standard macaroni and cheese meals. They fed the packaging volunteers and also printed out the recipes for food pantry volunteers to share with those who will receive the meals.
Trinity Volunteer Dan Riley packs the van for St. Blase Food Pantry located in Summit, IL.