Please join us in our efforts to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Chicago!

Feeding Hope

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

The Chicago Help Initiative is a hyperlocal, community-supported organization that provides meals and resources to people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.

We operate with a small staff and rely on volunteers to provide many of the services we offer. These include:

  • * sponsoring and serving meals
  • * assisting with housing, Medicaid and job applications
  • * securing essential resources like cell phones, transit passes and clothing, and
  • * leading peer-group cultural enrichment activities.

We’re always looking for volunteers. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities and sign up!

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

Chi Dreihaus

Come Volunteer with Us

Wednesday Supper CHI serves a sit-down evening meal every Wednesday from 4 - 5:30 pm in the dining room at...
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Success Stories

It Takes More Than Housing to End Homelessness

During December 2023, CHI placed three people in housing, taking them out of crisis situations and into an opportunity to...
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Chi Homeless Mapping Oct 2023


Mapping Homelessness in Chicago

We might pass a place where people are sleeping in tents, or someone with a sign and a cup. We...
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Did you know?


of the people we serve are military service veterans.

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