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.
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.
Today, over 150 neighborhood households came to CCO to “shop” through fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods and boxed food items. Without the CCO Foodbag Program many people would struggle to pay rent and get the food they need each month.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository reports that many food insecure Chicagoans find themselves having to choose between prescription medication and food. Often choices have to be made that weaken the health or well being of persons in need. This is a special concern as we have observed more and more senior citizens in need of food help.
Your on-going support makes this program possible! Thank you!
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.
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!
On average 200 food bags are distributed weekly from Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO). Our neighbors are able to shop through available food items and take home what they need. Fresh and healthy food is readily available. While good nutrition is important the pantry also could be considered a homeless prevention program. Many Chicago residents are forced to choose between buying groceries and paying rent. By making healthy food available more families and individuals are able to stay housed!
CCO’s food bag program has been serving our neighborhood for over 20 years. We are grateful to be able to contribute to the needs of others in this way!
High students from Gordon Tech and graduate students from Moody Bible Institute came together at CCO last week to move a mountain of food! These two groups spent hours transferring food items from the CCO pantry to a storage space inside the shelter in preparation for a construction/ renovation project that will take place this Saturday.
Nutrition, warm meals and food distribution are among the core services of CCO. Residents of our shelter are served prepared meals each day in the CCO dining room. Our neighbors trying to make ends meet find a variety of food items they can “shop” through each Wednesday at our Food Bag Program. On Saturdays everyone is welcome to have a hot meal at our Dinner Guest Program. These programs feed hundreds of hungry men, women and children.
Food is an important part of our services and because of this we will keep you informed about the exciting pantry improvement project that will be taking place this weekend.