The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented instability to our world, our nation, and our city. As cities and states struggled with ways to keep its citizens safe during this health crisis, the convention and tourism industry was among the industries hardest hit by the almost immediate shut down of operations to help prevent the spread of this devastating virus. Here in Chicago, thousands of union members who power the McCormick Place campus, making the premier convention facility in North America, found themselves instantly unemployed.
Donations are being accepted for a food distribution event to help provide approximately 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to the workers across the McCormick Place campus who need it most. Donations are being collected through the CFL Workforce & Community Initiative, a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law.
Thank you to Larita Clark, CEO of Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), and the team at MPEA for wanting to make a difference in the lives of so many this Thanksgiving season by organizing this food distribution. With the holidays fast approaching, these workers and their families are finding the strength to persevere and endure despite the overwhelming obstacles they are faced with every day. We hope you will consider a donation to our Thanksgiving food distribution event to ensure our families have an enjoyable holiday.