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Nourishing Hope CSR Event

Assembling and packing over 1100 produce boxes and 150 dairy bags was the recent collective effort of 16 of our GMC-PCMA volunteers at Nourishing Hope (formerly The Lakeview Food Pantry) October 3 – 5, 2022.  And immediately following, all was loaded on a truck and distributed to the Nourishing Hope “clients” in local communities who are in need!  What a great feeling to give back as this is our 4th consecutive year GMC-PCMA members have volunteered to help support the food packing efforts at Nourishing Hope.

It is always truly heartwarming to see the passion to volunteer and give back as our GMC-PCMA volunteer team shared a few comments about their recent experience at Nourishing Hope!

“Nourishing Hope’s new facility is very impressive.  One thing I learned during my last volunteer opportunity was that among helping to provide food to those in need they also have an extensive counseling offering.  As always it was a great day, and it was great to grab lunch with all the PCMA volunteers afterwards.” Jennifer Nelson, Sourcing Manager – BCD Meetings & Events

“Nourishing Hope is supplying food across the entire Chicagoland region.  The opportunity to assist them by spending a few hours with colleagues and friends is awesome, inspiring and allows GMC-PCMA members to contribute in a simple, fun, profound way to those who need our help.  It’s also a chance to network and learn from others.” Patty Coen, MBA, Senior Meeting Consultant, Great Chicago Events

“The PCMA experience at Nourishing Hope was so enjoyable and easy that I’ve shared the information with another professional organization I belong to and we’re hoping to arrange something similar – hopefully in January!” Antoinette Gonzales, Independent Contractor

“I always look forward to GMC-PCMA’s Volunteering days at Nourishing Hope.  They are such an organized and friendly group of people.  It’s great to work next to fellow GMC-PCMA volunteers and socialize while giving back.  I would encourage anyone that has not volunteered to give it a whirl.  You’ll have a great experience.” Shaun Pirrera, Strategic Account Director – Maritz Global Events

“My few hours spent at Nourishing Hope were wonderful.   The facility is clean and organized and you can tell they appreciated our help.  Their efforts are leading the way to help feed so many families in the Chicago area, and I am grateful that PCMA-GMC could assist” – Sherry Vale, Regional Director of Sales Midwest- Visit Baltimore.

Thanks again to all and a reminder to think of Nourishing Hope for a future CSR initiative with your team, client event or volunteer on your own with friends and family Chicago Food Pantry Volunteers & Volunteer Groups | Nourishing Hope (  Or reach out to Austin Bloomberg, our contact at Nourishing Hope and mention you are a member of PCMA-GMC as they so appreciate our support!

Austin Bloomberg

Warehouse Operations Supervisor

Nourishing Hope

773-525-1777. Ext 229

[email protected]

We are delighted to share that a portion of the proceeds from the upcoming Bowl-a-thon will be presented to our friends at Nourishing Hope at a later date.

Always happy to answer any questions you may have about volunteering at Nourishing Hope!


Raven PalmerNourishing Hope CSR Event