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Feeding Hope

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 meals, creating community and providing options to those in need.

If you’re interested in helping with specific things we do, please click on the links below to sign up or send us your email so we can contact you. Please make sure to include a quick message about what you’re interested in.

You can:

Help serve a meal.

Sponsor and volunteer together at a meal with your family, friends or organization.

Tutor in our adult learning program.

Help with yoga, book group or jobs club.

Volunteer for training to assist during our meals with entering and updating our guests in the homeless housing database.

Work with our outreach team to provide needed resources to Chicagoans experiencing homeless and offer them connections to social services.

Thank You!

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.

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Did you know?


of the people we serve are military service veterans.

A lot of people don’t have shelter, food, clothing. They need help. And they get it here.”