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Special Events Food Festival Charity Event

Buona has announced that that they are bringing a taste from the Taste of Chicago to the Cornerstone Community Outreach homeless shelter on Tuesday July 10. On the eve of the Taste, volunteers from Buona and the local community will work together to construct the longest Italian beef sandwich on record. The sandwich will be cut into individual portions that will be served alongside fruit, vegetables, desserts and beverages for the shelter’s lunch service. The sandwich will exceed one hundred feet in length, yielding approximately 300 sandwiches. Buona is participating in this year’s Taste of Chicago festival from July 11–15 in Grant Park; guests can obtain more information about Cornerstone at the Buona food station.

“We’re honored to be provide a healthy meal featuring our signature sandwich to folks who are working to build new lives for themselves and their families,” says Buona second-generation owner Joe Buonavolanto, Jr. “It’s truly our pleasure to help Cornerstone continue to make a difference in Chicago.”

Cornerstone has helped thousands of homeless families and individuals transition to permanent housing since they opened their doors in 1989. As they approach their 30th anniversary, the organization is preparing to launch a capital campaign to supplement the generous support from the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services.

“We’re extremely appreciative of the support we’ve received over the years from companies like Buona,” says Cornerstone’s Executive Director Sandra Ramsey.

“We’re especially thankful to the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services for expanding their support of our organization, and are grateful to Buona for bringing some attention to our upcoming capital campaign.”

About Cornerstone Community Outreach

Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), an Illinois not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1989 to raise the quality of life for low-income residents in the Uptown area of Chicagoland. Over the last thirty years, CCO’s programs have expanded to serve nearly 500 men, women and children daily. With Cornerstone’s help these families and individuals can begin to build new lives, one step at a time.


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