13th Annual Beacon of Hope
Connecting Communities | November 2020
On Friday, October 23, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services successfully hosted its first major virtual event, Beacon of Hope. This year’s event focused on food insecurity and raised over $120,000 for our communities.
Hunger is more relevant than ever with the onset of the pandemic. MSV has seen a 43 percent increase in first-time visits by guests in the two food pantries since March, while the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) has seen 120 percent more people in need in recent weeks, compared to January 2020.
Presenting sponsors, Vince and Pat Foglia, honored the 2020 MSV Outstanding Partner Awardee, GCFD, with the award accepted by Kate Maehr, GCFD Executive Director and CEO.
“A particular thanks to everyone who is on the front lines, feeding hungry people at MSV… It’s all of us together that make sure our neighbors have enough food to eat.” said Maehr.
The event featured an in-depth panel discussion on hunger and food insecurity moderated by NBC5 Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter, with guest panelists Kate Maehr, and MSV President and CEO, Peter Beale-DelVecchio.
“All populations of color have really been disproportionally affected by the disease”, said Beale-DelVecchio when asked about COVID-19’s effect on MSV. “In our community the number of people who have lost loved ones and who have become sick is shocking."
MSV and GCFD’s partnership, which goes back 40 years, has strengthened in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with MSV among the 75% of GCFD’s network of community-based partners to remain open throughout the pandemic. GCFD has offered MSV’s pantries practical guidance, removed all fees on purchased food, provided emergency food boxes for MSV pantry guests, and supported the organization through a grant to offset new and emerging operation costs.
The event also premiered a short video showcasing the organization’s mission in action and stories from the community members MSV serves.
Click here to watch the 13th Annual Beacon of Hope.
We have raised over $120,000 to fight hunger and are just shy of our $130,000 goal. Click here to support food justice in the Chicago community by making a donation today.