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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 during this period of Covid-19, please send us an email about your interests and we’ll follow up with you.

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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Chicago Help Initiative profiled in new documentary film examining homelessness and hunger in Chicago

July 1, 2020--A new documentary film by Chicago filmmaker Lucia Mauro chronicles the work of The Chicago Help Initiative --...
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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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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?

Over 85% of the people we serve are unemployed.

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