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Catholic Charities Vice President Named to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Grocery Store Task Force
Monday, February 10, 2014 by Communications


Catholic Charities Vice President Named to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Grocery Store Task Force
Vice President Angel Gutierrez Helping to Address Closing of Grocery Store Chain and Access to Healthy Food Across City

Chicago, IL – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently named 14 city leaders, including Catholic Charities Vice President of Community Development and Outreach Services Angel Gutierrez, as part of his new Grocery Store Task Force.

The task force was formed following the closing of Dominick’s grocery stores around the City of Chicago. The task force is focusing on the specific sites left vacant by the Dominick’s store closing and the economic impact of those closings, ensuring access to fresh food in key areas, and supporting workers who are impacted by the closings. In addition, the task force is working with former Dominick’s employees to identify job opportunities, training and other resources available.

Catholic Charities Vice President Gutierrez oversees the agency’s Community Development and Outreach Services. Under his direction, the agency operates 16 Women Infant and Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition Centers in the city and is introducing other innovative ways to bring fresh produce to underserved areas, including mobile produce home delivery and bringing healthy meals and fitness to children in the summer.

“I’m thrilled to work alongside 13 other Chicago leaders dedicated to helping ensure everyone has access to healthy food,” said Gutierrez. “Catholic Charities is consistently evaluating the needs in the community and developing new programs to meet those needs, particularly in the area of hunger relief and food scarcity. I look forward to working with the task force to combine our best practices and expertise to help eliminate food deserts and support workers in our community.”

Other members of the task force include:
  • Steven Koch, Chicago Deputy Mayor
  • Andrew Mooney, Chicago Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development
  • Alderman Leslie Hairston, 5th Ward
  • Alderman Joe Moore, 49th Ward
  • Alderman Patrick O’Connor, 40th Ward
  • Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Assistant Pastor of Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church and Executive Director of Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
  • Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor
  • Steve Powell, Secretary Treasurer of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881
  • Mike Mallon, Principal at dkmallon food industry consulting firm
  • Joel Bookman, Principal at Bookman Associations community development consulting firm
  • Craig Chicago, Executive Director of the Back of the Yards Council
  • Carlos Nelson, Executive Director of the Auburn Gresham Community Development
  • Frank Petruziello, Principal at the Skilken Company

About Catholic Charities
Helping people in need for more than 96 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of  the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest, annually assisting more than one million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.  Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities.

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