Every year, the Rush University MS/DI interns attend a volunteer session at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This year, the group also helped the Academy Foundation deliver a donation in the amount of $4,600 to the Depository as well. The proceeds were from the 2017 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo that took place in Chicago at McCormick Place last fall. Attendees had the option of including a donation when registering for the conference and their generous support led to a great volunteer outing.

During the visit, the group repackaged large quantities of brown rice and dried black beans, along with the other volunteers, into 3-pound bags for redistribution, which worked out to approximately 170 pounds per volunteer. Brown rice and black beans are shelf stable items at the Depository that are protein-rich and in high demand.

In attendance along with Sally Lipson, Rush Internship Coordinator, were the following Rush interns from the class of 2019; Rachel Barrett, Kristina Bowman, Meredith Byrd, Manyil Dashe, Sarah Hasler, Mariah Long, Neltje Ribbens, Emily Mattaliano, Alyssa Riederman, Elizabeth Klein and Nicole Michehl.

“It’s a very meaningful experience as they learn about the needs of the community and all that the Depository accomplishes to feed the hungry through partner agencies. It’s also important to help in its mission whether sorting produce, repackaging dried foods or organizing food contributions, to assist in getting healthy foods to those in need. It was a very rewarding experience for the entire group,” said Lipson.

Rush Dietetic Intern, Neltje Ribbens (left) presents a check to Alexandra Funk (right), Manager of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Registration for FNCE® is well underway, please be sure to include a donation for a local food bank in Washington D.C.!