Help Feed My Neighborhood- Albany Park in Chicago
Organized by: Andrea Jury
This summer, I kept seeing a man with a maroon jacket wandering around the neighborhood. No matter the weather, he was walking around and seemed to have nowhere to go. I didn't see him for a while, but then I saw him when I was walking home from the gym. He was in a park with a small group of people who are homeless.
It's always been important to me to help others, but I felt like I needed to work through an organization. I realized that I don't need to go through an organization to help those who live in my community. I started to make lunches and hand them out to people in my neighborhood. Since then, I have enlisted the help of my 8th grade religious school students whose curriculum is learning about Tikkun Olam (repairing the world.) On Sundays when I don't have school, my friends and their children have helped me with this project as well.
Some of the people I help to feed have come to expect me on Sunday afternoons. So, every week I bring lunches around my neighborhood and give them to people who don't have enough food.
My heart is much bigger than my pocketbook and financial support would help me reach more people who need assistance.
Typically, each lunch has 2 sandwiches, cheese, 2 pieces of fruit, chips, and dessert. I set my goal at $2600 as this will help me make 30-40 lunches each week for a year. You can also give me money to put toward this cause so there are no fees involved.
Thank you for helping to feed my neighbors!!