Hunger Programs

Throughout our many partner organizations, there are three Hunger Programs that we participate in:

The Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry

The Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry provides nonperishable groceries, fresh produce, eggs, and frozen meat to around 400 people every month.  There is also a case manager available. Boundaries are: 39th Street to 63rd Street, Cottage Grove to Lake Michigan, but we also serve the section of the 60615 zipcode that extends west of Cottage Grove.  Volunteers do physical work: carrying cases of food up and down stairs to our distribution area and back, standing while helping recipients choose food items, helping recipients carry grocery bags up stairs, recycling the cardboard cases, cleaning the storage area, etc. To volunteer, contact Jan Deckenbach

Time and Location 
Every Saturday (including Christmas, New year’s Day and July 4th) from 10 am-1 pm at
Hyde Park Union Church
5600 S. Woodlawn — enter by the side door at 1169 E. 56th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Soup Kitchen

The soup kitchen offers a hot breakfast and noon meal 6 days a week to anyone in need. Those who volunteer help prepare and serve meals. The church also hosts the Sanders free Clinic on Fridays, which provides individuals without health insurance access to a physician and a foot clinic. The Interfaith Council provides some financial support for the free clinic. To volunteer with the soup kitchen, please contact the church at or 773-373-2861.

Time and Location
Monday through Saturday from 9 am-1 pm at
Kenwood United Church of Christ
4600 S. Greenwood
Chicago, IL 60653

Community Breakfast

Once a month, 40-80 community members and others in need of food can come and enjoy a nourishing, hot breakfast. This program serves primarily homeless individuals, but has also become a place for older members of the community to meet up and experience a sense of community. This breakfast is purposefully scheduled for before the community food pantry (explained above) so that individuals can attend both events if they choose. For anyone interested in volunteering, please contact the church at or 773-493-6451.

Time and Location
3rd Saturday of the month from 9 am-10 am at
Augustana Lutheran Church
5500 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637