Hunger Programs

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

The Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry

The food pantry, located at Hyde Park Union Church, provides nonperishable groceries and limited refrigerated and frozen foods to 500 to 800 people every month on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Boundaries are: 39th Street to 63rd Street, Cottage Grove to Lake Michigan, but they also serve the section of the 60615 zip code that extends west of Cottage Grove.

Volunteers order food, unload deliveries, pre-pack bags and distribute food. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Hyde Park Union Church at 773-363-6063,

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

Food Pantry at St. Paul and the Redeemer

Another food pantry, located at St. Paul and the Redeemer, is open every Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm.

To help with distribution, contact the Rev. Catherine Healy for more information:

Time and Location
Every Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer
4945 S Dorchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60615

The Kenwood United Church of Christ Soup Kitchen

The soup kitchen, located at Kenwood United Church of Christ, offers breakfast and a hot noon meal 9am to 1pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday each week to anyone in need. Our case manager is available on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am-2pm. In addition, attendees are now offered access to a hot shower and medical clinic for those in need. A staff person from the church is available for spiritual counseling as requested, and on Sundays, a meal is shared with members from the Kenwood Church congregation.

This program is largely staffed by volunteers, if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kenwood United Church of Christ at 773-373-2861,

Time and Location
Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday, weekly from 9am-2pm; Kenwood United Church of Christ
4600 S. Greenwood
Chicago, IL 60653

Open Breakfast at United Church of Hyde Park

The United Church of Hyde Park hosts an open breakfast every fourth Saturday from 9-10am.

For more information, call the church office at (773) 363-1620.

Time and Location
Every fourth Saturday, from 9 am to 10 am
United Church of Hyde Park
1448 E. 53rd Street
Enter from the Blackstone entrance

Free Food Market 

The council has also provided funding for Woodlawn Greenhouse Collective which operates a food pantry at First Presbyterian Church. This Free Food Market is open Thursdays from 10am-12pm and offers a wide variety of groceries and fresh foods to the community.

Please call the church office at (773) 363-0505 to volunteer.

Time and Location
Every Thursday from 10am to 12pm
First Presbyterian Church of Chicago
6400 S Kimbark Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

Market Boxes

The Council has also assisted in the distribution of Market Boxes with Ecosystems of Care. Market Box is a volunteer-driven mutual aid project that bulk-buys food from small farms and distributes it for free to over 400 households per month across the South Side of Chicago. This effort was borne out of the pandemic and is also based out of the First Presbyterian Church.

Vineyard Church Food Pantry

This year the council had the opportunity to help support the Vineyard Church Food Pantry. This food pantry is open to all every Wednesday and the third Saturday of each month from 2-4pm.

To volunteer, please call (773) 939-3445.

Time and Location
Every Wednesday and third Saturday from 2-4pm
Vineyard Church of Hyde Park
5333 S Greenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60637