Charity: General Food

Taking cues from the for-profit business world, an ex-Marine strategically combats poverty in Chicago

Your typical retired Marine Corps general is busy these days dodging sand traps on the golf course or second-guessing troop maneuvers in Iraq as a cable-TV talking head. But former Brigadier General Michael Mulqueen, who controlled U.S. reconnaissance plans during the Cuban missile crisis and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, puts in up to 60 hours a week commanding a work force of 90 employees and 8,000 volunteers. His mission: providing meals to 310,000 needy people in and around Chicago each year. Mulqueen, 66, is executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, considered by some to be America's...

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