Hunger Programs

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

The Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry

**COVID-19 update: Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry is continuing to serve the community while taking added precautions to protect the most vulnerable populations. The church is looking for volunteers who are NOT medically vulnerable and who are comfortable with physical labor (carrying 20lbs of products up and down stairs) to assist with Saturday food distribution and occasional weekday food deliveries. The church is also in demand of more masks and gloves. For volunteer and donation information, please contact Jan Deckenbach at

The Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry provides non-perishable 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 upstairs, 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 to 1 pm at
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

**COVID-19 update: Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer continues to offer the food pantry service to help the community and the people in need.

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

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 to 1 pm at
Kenwood United Church of Christ
4600 S. Greenwood
Chicago, IL 60653

Community Breakfast

**COVID-19 Update: Augustana Lutheran Church has suspended this program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 to 10 am at
Augustana Lutheran Church
5500 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637

Open Breakfast

**COVID-19 update: Open Breakfast will have a breakfast serving from 9:00am to 10:00am on the last Saturday of the month at the United Church of Hyde Park’s courtyard. Enter from the 53rd Street gate. Please wear a face mask to attend the event.

Open Breakfast supports the needs of the hungry in the community. It serves on the 2nd and the last Saturday of every month from 9 – 10 am. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8 am to make and serve breakfast. All are welcome.

For more information about this project or volunteer opportunities, please contact the church at 773-363-1620.

Link of this project

Time and Location (*see COVID-19 update)
Last Saturday of each month from 9 am to 10 am 
United Church of Hyde Park (Blackstone entrance)
1448 E. 53rd Street,
Chicago, IL 60637

**COVID-19 update: Other Food Pantries available in Hyde Park & Kenwood area. (Call before you go)