Levenfeld Pearlstein is pleased to announce that Michael St. Peter, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Group, has been named to the Associate Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Michael has worked with the Greater Chicago Food Depository for the last two years as part of LP’s partnership with the organization’s Chicago’s Community Kitchens (CCK) program.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the community. Founded in 1979, the Food Depository makes a daily impact across Chicago and Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs, and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 67 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 154,000 meals every day.
“It comes as no surprise that Mike’s commitment to the Greater Chicago Food Depository has led to him becoming more involved in the organization at the Associate Board level,” said Robert A. Romanoff, LP’s Managing Partner. “I know that Mike takes his role with the Food Depository and its Chicago’s Community Kitchens program very seriously, and I have complete confidence that he will make a positive impact on the Board, while serving as an exceptional representative of LP.”
This appointment represents a continuation of the firm’s established partnership with the Food Depository and its CCK program, which provides job training to underemployed adults in Cook County who have a passion for ‘life in the kitchen’ and a desire to work in the foodservice industry.
CCK amplifies the benefit of its job-training program by using meals prepared by its participants to supply Kids Cafes of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Each day, CCK students create more than 2,000 meals, providing nourishment to hungry children as well as seniors who need food assistance. The program, which has graduated more than 600 students, accomplishes all of its work without the benefit of any government funding.
LP first became involved with the CCK program in 2010 through its Corporate Contributions Program, which supports organizations seeking to identify solutions that provide meaningful opportunities to make a difference in the Chicago area, especially those that work to challenge convention and innovate.
“Our dedication to CCK has grown as we have seen how it helps its participants become self-sufficient and gain valuable skills for employment, all while making a positive impact in our community,” St. Peter said. “I am proud to be a part of the Food Depository’s mission to end hunger in Cook County.”
LP also believes that doing right and doing well are inseparable, and, that it is the obligation of the firm and its attorneys to help others do what they do best. Levenfeld Pearlstein’s commitment to corporate social responsibility reflects its values and culture as a law firm. The firm’s goal is to make a difference for its clients, in the community, and on behalf of the individuals and organizations that are leading the way.