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Website Ihave Aname

The film gives voice to Chicagoans experiencing homelessness while capturing the work of the Chicago Help Initiative and its partners

Email for ways to view the documentary and attend a live Q&A. Watch the trailer

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Amazon Smile

A portion of your Amazon purchases can help support CHI! Select Chicago Help Initiative and go to AMAZON SMILE every time you shop

We provide nutritious meals and support for people experiencing hunger and homelessness in Chicago.



THE CHICAGO HELP INITIATIVE has been coordinating volunteers to make, donate and deliver bagged meals to food pantries and meal sites since the onset of Covid in March 2020.

Make Bagged Meals for those in Need

You can stay socially distanced while making a big impact!

What to include in each bagged meal: A sandwich of any kind (meat and cheese, PBJ, etc), a drink (water or juice), a snack (chips, granola bar, etc.) and a piece of fruit (clementines, banana, grapes, etc). However, don’t be afraid to do more or get fancy!


Saturdays: 721 N LaSalle, 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Wednesdays: First St. Paul’s Lutheran, 1301 N. LaSalle (Goethe St. Entrance) 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Email Doug with questions or for more volunteer opportunities

If there is ever an issue (the site is closed, flat tire, etc.), call us at 312-914-2138 and leave a detailed message. We’ll get back to you promptly.

Featured Program

Our Meals

Every Wednesday, we provide a free, nutritious, full-course meal, prepared by local restaurants, to our 130 guests in the dining room at Catholic Charities, at 721 N. Lasalle St. in Chicago. We also provide an additional 70 take-away meals to people who are unable to join us in the dining room.

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Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

Café Baci
Benny's Chop House
Eli's Cheesecake
Gene & Georgetti
Greek Kitchen
Hyatt Centric
Northwestern Medicine
Site Chicago
Texas de Brazil

Marc Schulman, President of Eli's Cheesecake and longtime restaurant partner and sponsor of The Chicago Help Initiative speaks about the positive impact CHI makes in people's lives.

From Our Blog

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CHI Volunteer Makes 1,000 Meals for Our Guests

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Special Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary “I HAVE A NAME” by Lucia Mauro

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS for the online screening of the award-winning documentary "I HAVE A NAME" by Lucia Mauro. The film...
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Holiday Giving Goes a Long Way for Our Guests

This is an amazing time of year, when we at CHI start receiving donations like socks and hats and even...
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Did you know?


of the people we serve are military service veterans.

Nobody should go hungry. With the Chicago Help Initiative, you don’t have to.”