On the 3rd of October 2016 Victoria Magnus led a small team of MCT charity workers into the GCFD’s larger team and associated outreach program of healthy food delivery to the less fortunate.
A program known as ‘Fresh Truck’ is an innovative collaboration between the Food Depository, Cook County Health and Hospital Systems (CCHHS), and Access Community Health Network, where volunteers work to set up mobile produce distributions at participating sites.
The program provides access to fresh fruits and vegetables for food to insecure patients and other members of the community in need. It is a wonderful example of our partnership with these health organizations, providing a critical solution to the many ways in which health and hunger overlap within society.
Victoria’s team visited Cicero community which is ostensibly a disadvantaged Hispanic population doing it tough. The local households benefit from receiving a range of carefully put together nutritional goodness in the form of fresh foods, namely fruits and vegetables. The charity also gives out vital nutritional and dietary information in conjunction with recipe and menu cards full of healthy ideas and beneficial meal plans that can be made up and served from the produce donated that day.
In all some 211 households benefitted from the outreach delivering a practical, nutritional and easily utilized menu plan and associated produce to 869 residents. This Fresh Truck Outreach program is carried out by volunteers in two different neighborhoods and communities each and every month of the year.