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GE Community Day

200+ GE employees volunterring at the Food Depository

"We are here to do what we do best, give back with our hands, our hearts and our wallets," said Linda Fiore, Managing Director for Chicago Business Development for General Electric, as she kicked off the company's 2012 GE Community Day at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

For the past six years, on a Friday in May, hundreds of GE employees have spent the day volunteering at the Food Depository, making GE Day the largest annual volunteer day for the facility.  This year more than 200 GE employees assembled food boxes, sorted donated items and repacked pasta for struggling Chicago families.

GE employees
"Given today's economic environment we know that our work today will mean even more than it has in past years," said Linda.  "Across Cook County, nearly 1 in 6 people struggle to access food or are unsure of their next meal.  That is why we are here today."

Joining GE staff in the festivities were Food Depository CEO Kate Maehr, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Mike Zalewski, 23rd Ward.
Food Depository CEO Kate Maehr (left) accepting $100,000 donation.
 GE has supported the Food Depository since 1994, providing more than $550,000 in financial support.  This year, they presented the Food Depository with a check for $100,000.

"When you come here and you make sure that our hungry neighbors, the 807,000 men, women and children who need food, have it," said Kate Maehr, during the kick-off ceremony.  "We are so grateful for you."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking at 2012 GE Community Day
 "The two things that matter most to me are creating jobs and creating a sense of community, and both of those are happening here today," said Mayor Emanuel.  "I remember when Kate [Maehr] opened the doors here and it was one big empty shell.  Now what happens in here is not just moving food, it's building a sense of community."  The Mayor went on to say, "I am proud to be here and join GE in their commitment to a better city and to creating jobs and economic opportunities."

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