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Lisa and Kevin

Lisa and Kevin

Kevin Beyer and Lisa Gades are extraordinarily busy. Between their work at Argonne National Laboratory, the classes they teach at Benedictine University, and the two kittens they recently began fostering, there is little downtime in their day-to-day schedules.

But once a month, you can find them in the volunteer hall at the Food Bank's West Suburban Center.

Kevin and Lisa first found the Food Bank in 2007 through the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva. It wasn't long before they jumped with both feet into helping provide meals to neighbors in need. For the past nine years they have spearheaded a monthly volunteer shift, and bring their students to the Food Bank for a tangible application of their studies: following their shift, the students calculate the environmental and energy conserving impact of their efforts.

Kevin and Lisa became involved in planned giving after an unexpected death in the family led the couple to think about what would happen to their estates if something similar happened to them.

"We'd at least want to know that someone was benefiting," Lisa says. "So we looked at a mixture of family and charities that we'd want to support, and the Food Bank was one of them."

Lisa and Kevin

Lisa and Kevin volunteering at the Food Bank.

Why? Because they are passionate about making sure no one goes hungry.

"I didn't have the best childhood," Kevin shares. "We didn't have access to food pantries, or at least the knowledge of them, [and] I always remember there were times when I was hungry. Nobody should have to live like that."

Lisa agrees. "We live in such an abundant country. You hate to hear that food is going to waste, and people are going hungry."

Their ultimate goal, as donors and volunteers, is simple: to help create a world where everyone has all the food they need.

Please contact Gina Gramarosso at 630-443-6910, ext. 130 or ggramarosso@northernilfoodbank.org for more information about joining Tomorrow's Harvest.

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