The Chicago Help Initiative

Feeding Hope

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans are living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before. The Chicago Help Initiative is here to lend a helping hand to assist homeless and low-income people in Chicago. Please join us in serving delicious meals to those in need and break the cycle of hunger, poverty and joblessness within the Chicago community.

Featured Program

Our Meals

Every Wednesday, a nutritious meal, donated by local businesses, is provided to 130 guests at 721 N. Lasalle Street in Chicago.

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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

Miracle Still


Join us on Dec. 14th at The Music Box Theatre for 2nd annual “Miracle on Southport”

On December 14th, The Chicago Help Initiative is sponsoring a screening of “Miracle on 34th Street” at the iconic Music...
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People You Should Know

It’s about uplifting lives”

Our Jobs Club is led by CHI volunteers Anna Ginsberg and Wahid Rashad. Wahid brings to our program decades of experience...
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CHI featured in New Eastside News

New Eastside News reporter Angela Gagnon recently came to our Wednesday meal and spoke with CHI founder Jacqueline Hayes, volunteers...
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Did you know?

Over 85% of the people we serve are unemployed.

Goodness. All-encompassing goodness. In a world filled with so many who have so little, they give so much.”