December 23, 2020 Morton Grove Area Interfaith Serving Event

The following email came from the Linda Murphy, who was the lead volunteer for this event. Food For Friends would like to thank her for organizing this event and coordinating all the volunteers and organizations. For more pictures from this event, go to our album on Facebook titled 2020-12-23 Morton Grove event 

In the weeks before Christmas, families on low incomes find themselves questioning whether to apply their limited budget to healthcare, food or presents for the children. These are the families we want to reach out to.

On December 23, 2020, Food for Friends served an Interfaith community in the Morton Grove area, reaching 100 families in need for food for the Holiday weekend.

On a dark and rainy night before Christmas Eve, Food For Friends volunteers passed out 100 turkeys and Blue Bags to needy families in the Morton Grove community

The event was held the Wednesday evening before Christmas Eve. It was dark, raining and windy but the photos show we more than persevered in our objective of distributing over 100 turkeys and Blue Bags of food.

Many Morton Grove area organizations stepped up for this community wide serving event, including St. Martha Catholic Church in Morton Grove along with St. Mary’s Knanaya, St. Lukes Christian Community, Morton Grove Community Church, and the Muslim Education Center, the Morton Grove Police and Fire Departments, and local schools as well.

All these organizations reached out to families in need in their communities with messages that Turkeys and Food for Friends Blue Bags of food would be provided via a drive by, contactless safe food distribution event.

100 Blue Bags filled with food are ready to be distributed to needy families.

The event was highly successful. Families drove by our location and we just loaded the turkey and Blue Bag into their trunk. There were a few families that walked up as well. All volunteers were wearing masks and social distancing was practiced for the safety of all.

As the event closed, volunteers began telling stories of those we had served. One of our volunteers is a teacher at a local school. She had contacted her students in her class and was delighted when the family showed up to receive the turkey and the Blue Bag.. Another mom told us that prior to receiving the notification of this serving event, she had no idea how she was going to feed her family for Xmas day as she had spent her money on gifts for her children.

All volunteers agreed that the feeling one gets from serving these people is priceless. Knowing we had a small part providing a joyous Christmas meals to these families who might have otherwise gone hungry is what our serving events are all about.

Linda Murphy, Volunteer – Food For Friends