Website Ihave Aname

I Have a Name” gives voice to Chicagoans experiencing homelessness while capturing the work of the Chicago Help Initiative and its partners

Email for ways to view the documentary and attend a live Q&A. Watch the trailer.

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A portion of your Amazon purchases can help support CHI! Select Chicago Help Initiative and go to AMAZON SMILE every time you shop

We provide nutritious meals and support for people experiencing hunger and homelessness in Chicago.

Feeding Hope

THE CHICAGO HELP INITIATIVE has been coordinating volunteers to make, donate and deliver bagged meals to food pantries and meal sites since the onset of Covid in March 2020. Here’s how you can get involved:

Make Bagged Meals for People in Need

You can make a big impact on alleviating hunger and homelessness in Chicago. All you need to do is create a sack lunch (as many as you are willing) with a few items that you can then drop off to us. We will handle the distribution to Chicagoans in need. Here are a few instructions:

What to include in each bagged meal: A sandwich of any kind (meat and cheese, PBJ, etc.), a drink (water or juice), a snack (chips, granola bar, etc.) and a piece of fruit (clementines, banana, grapes, etc). Feel free to add an extra treat or two if you want!


Saturdays: 721 N LaSalle, 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Wednesdays: First St. Paul’s Lutheran, 1301 N. LaSalle (Goethe St. Entrance) 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Please send your questions or learn about more volunteer opportunities to

Should any issue arise (the site is closed, you have a flat tire, etc.), please call us at (312) 914-2138 and leave a detailed message. We’ll get back to you promptly.

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
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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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Success Stories

StreetWise Features CHI’s Services to Combat Hunger, Homelessness

Streetwise magazine Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Hanney gets up close and personal with The Chicago Help Initiative. Her touching cover story for...
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CHI, Winner of the Chicago Innovation Award for 2021, Invited to Ring Closing Bell at Nasdaq

Representatives from The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) will be traveling to New York City to ring the Closing Bell of...
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CHI Volunteer Makes 1,000 Meals for Our Guests

Jacqueline Ingles, a law student and Ukrainian Village resident, saw a posting about The Chicago Help Initiative needing lunch donations...
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Did you know?


of the people we serve are military service veterans.

They help us with food, social services. Nothing but love, that’s how I feel about the Chicago Help Initiative.”