Maine East Scholars Give Time, Energy to Help Those in Need on South Side

11/10/2011

On the morning of November 5th, 25 freshman and sophomore scholars from Maine East High School volunteered their time and energy at the St. Columbanus Parish Food Pantry.  The pantry serves over 500 families per week, providing food and other necessities in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the south side of Chicago.  This neighborhood, like many in the cities of the Midwest, is historically blue-collar, and has been hit hard by the economic recession with disproportionately high unemployment.  The director of the food pantry, Mrs. LaVerne Morris, started the day by speaking with the scholars about the importance of the pantry in the lives of those it serves.  After this introduction, the scholars began packing bags of food for the pantry to pass out the following Wednesday.  Although it took a few minutes to establish a good system, the group soon began running like a well-oiled machine and within an hour and a half had packed 500 bags of food.  In the break time between packing and cleaning up, Mrs. Morris provided snacks and commended the scholars for their hard work and commitment to service.  After some final organization and farewells, the group finished their trip off with lunch at a restaurant in Chinatown, where many struggled, and a few succeeded, with eating rice using chopsticks.  Well-fed and worn out from a long day of volunteering, the Maine East group returned back to school.  Another group of scholars from Maine East is excited to return to St. Columbanus in April.

 

 

MEHS Scholars hard at work packing food

MEHS Scholars hard at work packing food

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