May 20, 2020
RECIPIENTS OF RAINBOW PUSH MEALS PROGRAM ‘GRATEFUL’
By June of 2020, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in partnership with the University of Chicago Dining/Bon Appetit Management Company, will have fed more than 50,000 residents in the Chicagoland area during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is proud of this meals program and the service his civil rights organization is providing to thousands of people who are sheltering in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The chefs from Bon Appetit Management Company cook, package and deliver the meals to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 930 E. 50th St., where staffers John Mitchell, chief-of-staff to Rev. Jackson, and David Day, chief operating officer, organize the meals for pick up by representatives from churches, organizations and elected officials.
This free meals program has become very popular among the alderman who have reached out to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition staff seeking a partnership along with churches and community organizations like KIDS OFF THE BLOCK headed by Diane Latiker.
Aldermen Sophia King (4th), Carrie Austin (34), Stephanie Coleman (16th), Emma Mitts (37th), David Moore (17th); Chris Taliaferro (29th); Derrick Curtis (18th); Michael Scott (24th), Pat Dowell (3rd), Kalana Cale, youth empowerment director for PUSH Excel, and ministers like Rev. Vicky Johnson, Pastor Felicia Campbell and others all said they were “grateful” for the meals program.
“During this pandemic the people who are always marginalized have been exposed” to COVID-19, said, Ald. King referring to many seniors who are honoring the “stay-at-home” protocol guidelines.
“We are very appreciative of these resources that will go to some of our seniors at the Judge Slater apartment. “We are just trying to do our part, and we appreciate PUSH for being a leader in this endeavor to make sure our communities are served during this time. Thank you, PUSH, and we appreciate you,” Ald. King said. “We are grateful.”