Residents at Kingston Place, Chicago: Giving Back
The second Monday of every month, Kingston Place residents are up and moving before most people are out of bed. Furniture is moved, tables are arranged, and piles of fresh, healthy food are moved in. Individuals from around Chicago's South Shore community grab a box and their pick of fruits and vegetables. By noon, all of the food is gone.
For 15 years now Kingston Place, an affordable senior housing property of LSSI, has welcomed all members of the community to their food pantry, run by residents with assistance from the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository.
On this day, over 400 families have been provided healthy, nutritious food that can be hard to afford at local grocery stores.
"This is all just a God-send," a recipient said, as she kissed a volunteer on the cheek. "God bless Kingston Place. God bless LSSI."
Kingston Place Social Coordinator Gabrielle Molden, who facilitates the proceedings, stressed the importance of connecting with the community and providing fresh, nutritious produce to those who can't afford it.
"We're able to feed people who aren't able to feed their children the right diet they need to be nourished," Molden said.
Kingston Place resident Katherine Lewis has helped with the food pantry for many years. She loves when parents bring their children.
"If it is a no-school day, children come with their parents," Lewis said. "They get bright eyes when they see sweets, apples, oranges. For me, it is instant gratification knowing we are helping someone who just may be less fortunate."