Food For Friends hosted a luncheon on Saturday, June 13, 2015 for all San Miguel students and their families, helping them celebrate their 20th year celebration. The event was planned for 250 guest, we had approximately 160 guests and served approximately 200 meals (includes volunteers meals). We had a bunch of leftovers that were split between HELPS and San Miguel.
The volunteer turnout was great!! We had 26 volunteers and because of that we wree able to offer our guest a special dining and serving experience. We heard many comments from guests that the food was delicious (they were happy to have lemon chicken instead of the standard fried chicken) and that they felt very special being served.
Tad Smith, Executive Director at San Mguel, delivered a moving speech celebrating San Miguel 20th year and he noted the important partnership with Food for Friends. Everyone had a great experience!
A few days after the event, we received the following note from Terina Erb, a Food For Friend’s volunteer who served at the event:
Hi Cristina. Just wanted to let you know we had the best time ever serving at San Miguel’s celebration. It was a blessing to serve everyone and to get to know some of the students and staff. It truly is a great school. We brought some new people with us and they also can’t wait to help there again. It was great to see the kids joyfully working together to set up for the event and bring meals to the families. They truly seemed to have this look of accomplishing something great – and they did – they displayed great love. Thanks for letting us be part of their special celebration. – Terina Erb
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. S tudents are accepted into San Miguel based on three main criteria: academic underperformance, financial need, and living in proximity to the schools. For more on San Miguel, check out their website.
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