Taking time out to give back

The Holiday and New Year’s season is a wonderful and joyous time to celebrate family, friends and work. Yet while we often take our good fortune for granted, there are many for whom daily challenges make wonder and joy difficult to come by. For this reason – and in order to give back just a little to the community in which we live – the TalentSprout team recently spent a day volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, where we helped break down and pack up food to be shipped out to surrounding neighborhoods.

With a motto that “no1 goes hungry,” the Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our local Chicagoland community. From their web site,

The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 67 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 154,000 meals every day.

We were humbled and proud to be part of the day’s activities, work that takes place 365 days per year. (We were also tickled to hear that the 1,800 bags of macaroni our team packed were a near record, though they probably tell that to all the volunteers!) We encourage everyone to please, take a minute to help those less fortunate, as we experienced firsthand Ghandi’s insight that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all of us at TalentSprout!

TalentSprout team members (l-r) John Kruper, Eric Strand, Jeff Klotter, Carl Puccio, Socorro Garza, Brian Shumaker, Jason Miles, and Robbie Conaway celebrate their day of volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.