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

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News

NEWS ALERT: Changes to Our Meal Service and Programs Due to Coronavirus

MARCH 12, 2020 -- Due to concerns about the coronavirus, Catholic Charities is immediately suspending sit-down meals in their dining...
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Outreach

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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Chi Holiday Bazaar

News

CHI’s Holiday Bazaar Brings Season of Giving to Our Guests

Thanks to our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters, CHI's 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 4 was a...
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Did you know?

20% 

of the people we serve are military service veterans.

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

Gloria