Marillac St. Vincent continues to serve community needs and partner with others to help the most vulnerable during this challenging time.
Thanks to help from donors and volunteers we served nearly 300 individuals in our two food pantries in the first week since closing our centers, shifting from a “client choice” model, to pre-packaged grab-and-go process to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.
Seniors in Marillac St. Vincent’s network rely on the home delivery initiative for food through the agency’s Senior Services program. MSV is continuing these efforts, with Sister Kathy Overman, D.C., making daily deliveries of pantry items, frozen meat, and fresh produce. We’re also getting and hand in these deliveries through a partnership with the Chicago Police Department’s 15th District CAPS officers.
“We are being extremely careful and taking every precaution during our food drops to the seniors."
-Sister Kathy Overman, D.C.
“We are sharing large food boxes with the officers from our main pantry at Marillac House in the East Garfield Park neighborhood,” said Kathy Slover, Community Outreach Services Director at MSV. “The CAPS officers are delivering these boxes, which contain a mix of non-perishable items along with fresh produce and meat, to homebound seniors on the west side.”
The partnership with CPD is partially relieving the burden for MSV staff who operate the senior food delivery program who themselves are over 60, and according CDC warnings, are considered vulnerable for contracting the virus.
“We are being extremely careful and taking every precaution during our food drops to the seniors, and it has been so nice to get help from the police officers in making these deliveries,” Said Sister Kathy Overman, Senior Services program staff person at MSV.
MSV has established COVID-19 Relief Fund to offer direct support to their network of families and individuals. You can contribute to their effort to meet the basic needs of those hardest hit by tapping or clicking the button below:
COVID-19 Relief Fund