A Just Harvest Community Kitchen

A Just Harvest Community Kitchen began as a ministry of the Good News Community Church in 1983 and began serving meals a few days per week in the "North of Howard" neighborhood of Rogers Park, on the furthest northern border of Chicago. Today, with the help of more than 30 partnering congregations and community organizations, A Just Harvest Community Kitchen is the highest capacity community kitchen in the metropolitan Chicago area and we are the only community kitchen that serves a hot nutritious meal 365 days per year. Last year, more than 2,500 volunteers worked with our staff to serve 56,000 hot meals to an average of 120 patrons per night.

Volunteering is easy, and it doesn't take much time. If you can shop, or if you can boil water, or if you can spoon food on to a plate and smile then you have what it takes to volunteer! The Soup Kitchen takes place the 3rd Saturday of every month and CHC volunteers cook the meal in our church kitchen - a delicious and simple pasta dish -- and serve the meal at the Community Kitchen in Chicago (near the Howard St "L", just south of Evanston). The time commitment for the cooking is 2:00-3:15pm, and serving is typically 4:00-6:00pm. Shopping, cooking and serving are usually done by separate groups of volunteers led by an experienced volunteer.

Every time you volunteer for this ministry, you are helping to feed between 150 and 200 people. If you can spare an hour, or two, or eight on one or more Saturday's during the next year, then please volunteer. Look for a Soup Kitchen schedule and a volunteer sign-up card in the fall mailing. Just check one or more Saturdays that you can serve and what job you want to do (shop, cook and/or serve) and return the volunteer card to the parish office.

This is a fun and worthwhile activity to do with your family or a group of friends and provides a much needed service to the greater community. 

For more information, contact Soup Kitchen Coordinator

A Just Harvest Community Kitchen
7649 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60626

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