Tomorrow is Wednesday which is food bag day. Volunteers will arrive early to set up tables and chairs. They will begin to set up food items on the tables and prepare for the program to start. Over 150 people will leave CCO with bags of nutritious food. Many attendies are senior citizens or are physical challenges and they need help with basic items in order to pay rent each month. It is our joy and privilege to provide this service to Chicagoans in need.
Did you know that over 200,000 meals were served from the Cornerstone Community Outreach dining room in 2012? Trays were filled with hot, nutritious meals and served to families and single’s living in our shelter programs. Each Saturday our dinner guest program serves a meal to over 100 of our neighbors, as well.
Consistent, nutritious meals play an important role in allowing our shelter guests to focus on finding stable housing, pursue academic studies or employment training programs.
We are grateful to be able to offer this service to so many. And we would like to say a special thank you to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). They provide healthy foods to CCO and so many other nonprofit organizations in Chicago. Each June the GCFD holds a 3 mile walk along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. The event is open to the public and if you choose to walk on behalf of CCO our food budget increases automatically.
If you would like to fight hunger in Chicago by joining us at the 2013 Hunger Walk. Contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to donate to the operation of CCO’s shelter programs and services click the Donate Now button on the right.
Save the Date! On Saturday, June 29, 2013 the 28th Annual Hunger Walk will take place in Chicago at Soldier Field. Participants will walk 3 miles in an effort to raise awareness and funds for food insecure Chicagoans. Keep checking back for more info and how you can join in the fun!
An estimated 200,000 meals were served from the CCO dining room in 2012. Shelter guests residing at CCO are offered 3 meals a day and each Saturday our neighbors in need are welcome to join in our Dinner Guest food program.
To many of us, food is such an routine and expected provision that we forget it’s importance. But for those who are hungry it is no small matter. Consistent, nutritious meals helps to stabilize moods and focus peoples attention on important tasks. It can help break people free of a survival mentality.
With your continued support we are able to serve meals that bring warmth and hope to our shelter guests and neighbors. Thank you for nurturing people in this way.
In 2012, volunteers clocked in over 33,000 hours of service at CCO! Our volunteer groups come from Chicago and all over the United States and beyond.
We value our volunteers and rely on their hard work to keep meal times and important programs like Food Bags and the Free Store running smoothly. Are you interested in getting involved? Click on the ‘How to Help’ section to learn more.
Over 2,600 “shoppers” got clothing, household items and more at our Free Store in 2012. Your donated items allow us to offer this vital service to our residents and neighbors. Often families and individuals come to CCO with literally nothing but the clothes on their backs. The Free Store allows our residents and neighbors to get the items they need to begin to reestablishing their lives.
If you are interested in donating new or gently used items feel free to drop them off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue, see the front desk personnel for assistance. Currently, the Free Store is looking for donations of maternity, plus-size, children’s clothes, socks and undergarments.
If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the programs and services that support CCO’s shelter residents click on the Donate Now button below.
We’ve been blessed with more than our usual share of onions. Some are being used in meals for our CCO residents and many will be distributed throughout Chicago via our food bag program.
Food insecurity is a growing problem. And We are grateful for the opportunity to distributes hundreds of food bags each week.
It’s Wednesday and the delicious and nutritious food is being offered to our neighbors in need through CCO’s food bag program. We are so grateful to Chris Ramsey and the army of volunteers who unload the food truck, set up tables and food and offer a friendly smile to those attending the pantry. Thank you!