Bell Flavors & Fragrances has partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help wipe out hunger within the community. Among the various different volunteer events that GCFD has to get involved with, Bell is participating in a “Unique Volunteers” program.
One in eight estimated Americans were food insecure in 2016, which is approximately 42 million including 13 million children, according to Feeding America. In Cook County Illinois, one in seven people have experienced food insecurity this year (Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap Study). Food insecurity and the concept of hunger are close in relation but differs where hunger refers to discomfort from lack of food and food insecurity refers to the lack of financial resources that are available for food with each household.
GCFD says that hunger and food insecurity don’t discriminate as it prevails in every community within Cook County and affects people of all ages, races, and genders. The Food Depository helps minimize food insecurity by serving over 812,000 individuals – over 200,000 households – each year. According to their website, an equivalent of 164,000 meals are distributed each day across over 700 agencies and soup kitchens in Cook County. The strong impact shed light on GCFD’s recognition as one of the top leading charities in the Chicagoland area.
However, help is needed to aid in putting an end to hunger. Bell Flavors & Fragrances is stepping up to the task and volunteers are lining up to help GCFD with it’s mission to help fight hunger one meal at a time. Eight different Bell employees will be signing up to help on missions four times per year where they will help package canned goods or dried goods.
Bell’s Executive Administrator, Cissy Natale, states “Bell has made a commitment of time and treasure to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s mission is to make sure no one goes hungry. That is a mission that we at Bell feel very strongly about. We selected The Greater Chicago Food Depository to partner with because it allowed us an opportunity to serve our community on a quarterly basis. Every quarter 8-10 employees will donate their time and talent at the Greater Chicago Food Depository helping change the lives of our neighbors in need.”