Feeding Hope

The Chicago Help Initiative lends a helping hand to assist people in Chicago who are in need and experiencing hunger and homelessness. Please join us in providing meals, community, health and social services — and hope — to the people we serve.

If you’re interested in volunteering as a server at our weekly meals, sponsoring a meal, or lending your expertise to our health, social service and educational programs, please click on the links below to sign up. Or, send us an email about your interests and we’ll follow up with you.

Help serve a meal.

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

Tutor in our adult learning program.

Help with yoga, book group or jobs club.

Work with our outreach team to provide needed resources to Chicagoans experiencing homelessness and help connect them to social services appropriate to their situation.



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!

AIRE
AT&T
Café Baci
Benny's Chop House
Eli's Cheesecake
Gene & Georgetti
Greek Kitchen
Hyatt Centric
Northwestern Medicine
SCB
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

Chi Jan Xmas Elf

Outreach

Holiday Gift Cards Go a Long Way for Our Guests

Celebrating the holidays is often out of reach for many of our guests. We try to brighten the season of...
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Chi Holiday Bazaar

News

CHI’s 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 4 Brings Season of Giving to Our Guests

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 4, 2019 for CHI's 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar and join other volunteers working...
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Chi June July 1

Photo Gallery

Scenes from Our Summer Meals

From gorgeous flower bouquets to handmade sleeping mats to the joy of service our volunteer meal servers exude...here are some...
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Did you know?

30% of Chicago’s homeless population suffers from mental illness.

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

Tracy