IAM Local 701 Helps Feed Chicago Families

On Feb. 24, 2024, approximately 90 members of IAM Local 701 demonstrated their commitment to community service by participating in a volunteer event at Feed My Starving Children, a global charity organization located in Aurora, Ill. This collaborative effort brought together Local 701 Business Representatives, staff, members and their families, contributing to the annual IAM HELPS Program organized by Local 701.

“IAM Local 701 is leading the way to better the lives of working families in so many ways,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Sam Cicinelli. “The Local 701 H.E.L.P.S. event is growing year over year as more members turn out to give back helping a great organization with a global impact. Thank you to all of our Local 701 membership, family and friends who took the time to help a worldwide community of families in need.”

Engaging in hands-on volunteering at FMSC provided Local 701 members with a unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of hundreds of children and families across the world. Participants volunteered their time to hand-packaging rice, soy, dry vegetables, and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into sealed bags. These bags were then boxed and shipped to partners across the globe.

Reflecting on the significance of the event, Local 701 Directing Business Representative Mark Grasseschi expressed the effect that Feed My Starving Children has on families worldwide.

“The donations from this organization have life-changing impacts for those who receive them,” Grasseschi stated. “Addressing the issue of hunger is an inspiring mission, and we take pride in supporting their efforts.”

During the event, Local 701 members successfully packaged a total of 210 boxes, with each box containing 36 bags of nutritional food. This generous contribution translates to providing more than 124 children with a daily meal for an entire year, totaling over 45,000 meals packaged. Local 701 extends its gratitude to all members who volunteered their time, making the IAM HELPS event both possible and highly successful.

The IAM Midwest Territory “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” initiative stands for Honoring, Engaging, Lifting, Providing and Servicing.

For more information on IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community, click here.


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