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Making and delivering bag meals with The Chicago Help Initiative:

We all can help each other by working together to fill needs during this pandemic. CHI coordinates volunteers delivering thousands of bag meals each week to sites in different parts of the city.

What’s in a bag meal?

The basics are a sandwich, drink (water or juice), snack (chips, granola, etc….) and a fruit. However, don’t be afraid to do more or get fancy!

Where and when to deliver?

721 N LaSalle, 9:30 to 10:30. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

What if we can’t deliver those times?

No problem – let us know where you are and we can find either a volunteer to pick up from you, or a nearby location to drop at a better time.

What if I know a site that is struggling and could use donations? Can we help them?

Excellent!! We can help organize you and folks around you to help directly!

If I can’t do bag meals, can I contribute financially?

Of course –Please consider using our MightyCause, where we may receive extra funds if we have enough contributors, or you can donate using this page.

Who do I contact to get started?

First, Let us know you’re getting involved, and what days work for you.

We’ll need your email to keep you informed.

If you are a driver, picking up from others or delivering direct, we’ll also need your phone number.

If you want to team up with folks around you we’ll need to know your neighborhood or suburb!

If there is ever an issue (the site is closed, flat tire, etc….) call 312-914-2138. You’ll probably need to leave a message, but we’ll get back to you promptly.

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.

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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.”