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One City, One Food Drive helps Chicago fight hunger

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A food collection station has been set up at Union Station, as part of the One City, One Food Drive campaign to help fight hunger. The program runs through Dec. 31.

It's a tale heard over and over again, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In Cook County alone, there are 905,000 people who are at risk of hunger every day. That's one of every six people living in Cook County.

By the food depository's estimate, throughout Pilsen on a given day there are 5,300 people who need help getting food.

Those who give their time at St. Pius V's soup kitchen always expect a big crowd at lunchtime. The staff finalizes the meal in the kitchen three days a week.

The food they make here isn't something you'd find on the menu at Charlie Trotter's, but it's prepared with tender hands and served with love. Salad, sausage, beans, apple juice and a little dessert make the meal.

Before they diners dig in, there is prayer. Father Chuck Dahm welcomes his guests and blesses the food and them – in Spanish and English.

"May god bless all of you guys in your struggles," Dahm said.

The good padre told FOX 32 that serving the needy has skyrocketed in Pilsen and at neighboring soup kitchens and pantries.

"All the parishes and different sites are noticing. We have doubled in the last year, the number of people we're serving with groceries," Dahm said. "They just don't have it. It's a very diverse group. We have people of all kinds who may be unemployed and they need food."

Jenny Urquhart lost her job more than a year ago, just as many others did during the recession and its aftermath. Without Pius, she would really be desperate.

"Food stamps don't cut it," Urquhardt said," A lot of these people can't get food stamps "Maybe they are immigrants or, you know."

Urquhardt said without the soup kitchen, there would be nowhere else to go. She said people might resort to begging on the street, or stealing.

As the meal wound down, a volunteer group of teenage boys from St. Laurence High School helped out. Andrew Zarnowski said lunch at this bistro is an experience he takes with him long after he leaves.

"This is my third time doing it. It really warms your heart. I'm happy to see them eating," Zarnowski said.

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