Since it began roughly one year ago, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 500,000 American lives and thrust millions more into food insecurity.Those staggering numbers still don’t fully capture the immeasurable loss and heartache of the past 12 months. Throughout the Food Depository’s network of community partners, we’ve lost people who overcame their own challenges to serve others with courage and compassion. We hope to honor their memories. A military veteran who recently moved into his own apartment after experiencing homelessness. A mother who loved to laugh and sing. A beloved cook who prided himself on feeding others. A volunteer with a thousand-watt smile. A matriarch of a South Side community. Here are just a few of their stories.
To our community partners: we are still collecting stories of those we’ve lost during COVID-19. If there is a volunteer, staff member or regular guest whose story you’d like to share with The Hunger Beat, please contact [email protected].