Website Ihave Aname

The film gives voice to Chicagoans experiencing homelessness while capturing the work of the Chicago Help Initiative and its partners

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

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Amazon Smile

A portion of your Amazon purchases can help support CHI! Select Chicago Help Initiative and go to AMAZON SMILE every time you shop https://smile.amazon.com

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

FEEDING HOPE

OUR BAGGED MEAL PROGRAM

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. Thanks to our volunteers, our bagged meal program has grown from 100 bagged meals per week, to over 4,000 meals per week. We distribute meals to over 20 partners throughout the city. See below:

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Make Bagged Meals for Locals in Need

You can stay socially distanced while making a big impact!

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). However, don’t be afraid to do more or get fancy!

WHEN AND WHERE TO DELIVER BAGGED MEALS:

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

How do I get started?

Sign-Up here to get started.

Email Krista with questions or for more volunteer opportunities kblatt@chicagohelpinitiative.org.

If there is ever an issue (the site is closed, flat tire, etc.), 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!

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

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Changes to Our Meal Service and Programs Due to Coronavirus

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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.”

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