Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors

Our Promise Committee set out to connect with a charity in our community and we found the Northern IL Food Bank nearly right in our back yard. 

We quickly were able to create an online donation site to encourage our guests and employees to donate funds to our cause. We created informational pieces on our website to help promote the food bank and provide valuable team building opportunities for our meetings and conventions. Every little bit helps. Did you know that they can provide $8 of food for every $1 donated? That's amazing!

 Excited to get going!  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Excited to get going!  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

We wanted to get out there and get involved ourselves and so we formed a group to volunteer for a shift at the warehouse packing food. When we arrived we were given a brief orientation about the food bank and the good work they do and then we got down to work!

 Patricia Quinn (Director of HR) & Brittany Norris (Catering Sales Manager) help box up 36 pounds of bologna! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Patricia Quinn (Director of HR) & Brittany Norris (Catering Sales Manager) help box up 36 pounds of bologna! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

It's amazing how people from all different parts of the hotel can come together as a team to get the job done, jumping in where needed! We're used to seeing this around Pheasant Run. 

 Dan Murray (Golf/Grounds Superintendent) & Nick Kolb (Chief Engineer) were pros with the boxes! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Dan Murray (Golf/Grounds Superintendent) & Nick Kolb (Chief Engineer) were pros with the boxes! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

The three-hour shift seemed to fly by as we quickly completed three projects for the food bank that day. All in all (with a little help from another organization working alongside us), we packaged 24,042 pounds of food, providing 20,035 meals for hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois!

 Lisa K. Adams (Marketing Manager) & Mathias Dalbera (Director of Revenue) place labels on bologna before boxing it up. Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Lisa K. Adams (Marketing Manager) & Mathias Dalbera (Director of Revenue) place labels on bologna before boxing it up. Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

All in all, it was three hours well spent! We added our names to the giant name tag ball representing the thousands of previous volunteers who have passed through this warehouse. We encourage you to get out there and do the same!

 Top Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Berenice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Brittany Norris, Saida Cisneros (Director of Housekeeping), Patricia Quinn. Bottom Left to Right: Nick Kolb, Mathias Dalbera, Dan Murray. Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Top Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Berenice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Brittany Norris, Saida Cisneros (Director of Housekeeping), Patricia Quinn. Bottom Left to Right: Nick Kolb, Mathias Dalbera, Dan Murray. Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

   Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.