Volunteer Phil Best gives back to Break Bread Ministries - FOX 32 News Chicago

Volunteer Phil Best gives back to Break Bread Ministries

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Agencies that help those in need often depend on volunteers. Oftentimes, those who freely give their time come from humble situations. FOX 32 News has partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to profile one volunteer who always gives his best.

Phil Best knows how important it is to be grateful. He demonstrates it with actions and not just words.

“I want to give a little something back. I mean they were there for my time of need and if I can do something to help ensure this place is still available for the next person, then I am all for it,” Breaking Bread Ministries volunteer Phil Best said.

Breaking Bread Ministries is a partner agency with the Greater Chicago Food Depository that provides hot meals every Wednesday night to more than 100 homeless or hungry individuals, on average.

In addition to helping set tables, Phil often shares his talents on the piano to provide a little entertainment for guests, staff and other volunteers.

“He can play any kind of music - gospel jazz, R&B, you name it. He has been a great asset to this ministry,” food service coordinator Keith Richardson said.

“I believe that the Almighty has given everybody some kind of gift to share to help make the world a better place, without a exception. The key is to find out what it is,” Best told FOX 32’s Craig Wall.

Phil started sharing his after losing his job and coming here nearly two years ago. He came to get some emergency food and learned of the free meal. His volunteering started that night and has continued, even though he now has a full time job.

“That’s the goal. It's really heartening to see this situation that Phil has been in and to see him go from needing help to now being able to get back is just incredible,” GCFD vice president of communications Bob Dolgan said.

Phil says he still stays for the meal after volunteering, but not because he needs to financially.

“Emotionally and spiritually I do need to be here because number one, I need to be reminded as to what still can be; And number two, I just need to be here just like someone was here for me,” Best explained.

Best said he plans to keep volunteering at Breaking Bread Ministries, part of LaSalle Street Church, for as long as he can. As long as they'll keep him, he joked, so it can keep serving those in need.

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