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Spirit in the city: Chicago

Chris Ocken goes inside a food bank

“Do you love me?” Jesus asked. “Feed my sheep” (John 21:16-18). Having adequate food is basic to existence, a need that must be met—almost before any other can be considered. People who are hungry are among the most easily identifiable of any of the city’s poor.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository (www.chicagosfoodbank.org) has made it their goal to meet this need and, without saying so overtly, answer the call of Christ. Based in a state-of-the-art food-handling facility on Chicago’s South Side, the organization partners with assorted agencies to get meals to people who are hungry today. The food bank also works through a variety of donor-supported programs to provide job skills as a way to equip people to earn a living and, so, to eventually end hunger.

Supporting their efforts allows me to put my faith into action. I’m thankful for their work, which I believe is God’s work. In the staff and volunteers who collect donations, sort food, pack boxes and distribute groceries, I see the Spirit at work in Chicago.

7/10/2006 - Image removed to honor agreement with photographer.


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