Serving Event Recap: July 15, 2016 San Miguel Graduation Reception

Thanks to our Food for Friends volunteers who worked hard to create a great serving event for our guests.
Thanks to our Food for Friends volunteers who worked hard to create a great serving event for our guests.

Food For Friends hosted a luncheon on Saturday, July 15, 2016 for all San Miguel students and their families, helping them celebrate the graduation of students.  We served about 300 guests

This year we were a little light on volunteer turnout, but those that came all worked hard to give our guests a special dining and serving experience. Thanks to those that did come out and volunteer their time on a bright sunny weekend day in the summer.  We heard many comments from guests that the food was delicious and that they felt very special being served.

You can see some photos from this event on our Facebook page in our photo album titled July 15, 2016 San Miguel Graduation Reception

A few days after the event, our Board of Directors received the following note from Tad Smith, Executive Director at San Miguel where he noted the important partnership with Food for Friends and thanked our team for supporting their Graduation event.  Below is an excerpt from his note.


Thanks very much for making yet another event at San Miguel a truly special occasion. The graduation reception was outstanding and we are grateful for your incredible generosity.  

This year we were blessed with nice cool weather on graduation day at San Miguel School. The year round school calendar we follow puts graduation right in the middle of summer just about the same time as the MLB All-Star game. Food for Friends is an All-Star partner in our work to provide a high quality, faith-based education to students from low-income families on the Southside of Chicago. The blessing of a beautiful buffet meal provided by Food for Friends at the reception following the commencement ceremony was the perfect complement to an outstanding graduation celebration. Decorated in blue and yellow and packed with well over 300 proud, smiling, happy guests, the gym was very festive and the delicious food served by the volunteers was a hit.

Thank you Food for Friends for another highlight to our school year and God bless you and your work in service to others. Food for Friends is a great organization and I am so happy you chose to partner with San Miguel.

All the best to you and God Bless,
Tad Smith

Principal/Executive Director
San Miguel School, Chicago


About San MiGuel: The school is located at: 1954 W 48th St. Chicago, IL. San Miguel School Chicago was founded in 1995 by two former Christian Brothers, Gordon Hannon and Ed Siderewicz in a convent dining room, with 18 students, a staff of four and a $50,000 grant. Today, the San Miguel campus serves approximately 90 Latino students in grades 6 through 8. The mission of this school district is “Transforming Lives and neighborhoods”. San Miguel is committed to serving students who are academically at-risk and whose families are economically disadvantaged. Students are accepted into San Miguel based on three main criteria: academic underperformance, financial need, and living in proximity to the schools.  For more, please see the San Miguel website.