Alleviating Hunger in Chicago


CCO Food Pantry

Each week the CCO Food Pantry provides nutritious food items to over 150 pantry attendees. “Grammy”, pictured in blue, has been a long time pantry volunteer. She works weekly along with a small army of folks who give their time to offer food with a smile and a word of encouragement.

Would you like to volunteer to serve at CCO? Click here if you would like more information on volunteering your time and energy.

Are you interested in joining Team CCO at the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk? The Hunger Walk is a 3.1 mile walk through Chicago’s beautiful downtown, lake front area. Each person walking for CCO will increase our food credit by 224 pounds with the Food Depot. The credit is used to purchase food for our shelter guests, food pantry patrons and dinner guests. Click here for more info about the Hunger Walk.

Thank you!

Join Us For The Hunger Walk!

2013 hunger walk

29th Annual Hunger Walk

Last year, over 120 fabulous CCO volunteers walked 3.1 miles at the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk. Over 25,000 pounds of food went to good use within our shelter programs, food pantry patron and dinner guest program. Join us this year!

Save the date! This year’s Hunger Walk will take place June 21, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Join us and help alleviate hunger in Chicago. Email Eve at for more information!


Thank you, CBRE and Rebuilding Together!

A group of 200 energized and effective volunteers from CBRE and Rebuilding Together came to CCO yesterday and tackled multiple projects. Volunteers worked to put additional surface padding on CCO’s rooftop playground, stained outdoor furniture, filled planters with flowers to beautify outdoor space. In the Sylvia Center volunteers painted just about everything, including hallways, bathrooms, common spaces and walkways. The group created colorful art installations to be hung throughout CCO and made a useful and fun space for toddlers with parents and another space for teens.

In addition to purchasing their own supplies and working with gusto these groups bought lunch not only for themselves but also local dignitaries, CCO shelter guests and staff. We want to say a special thank you to Chad Ruckauf from CBRE. He worked alongside CCO staff to plan this huge endeavor. His compassion, determination and listening skills made it all possible. Thanks, Chad!

We are so amazed by the transformation and grateful for the positive energy and amazing results these groups brought to us! CCO staff member, Mary Davenport, wrote beautifully about the volunteer work and its impact on our shelter residents and staff. Click here to read her story. Thank you!

Keep checking back! The work goes on and more spaces are being finished. We’ll be posting new images soon!


The Living News : Shelter / Chicago


The Living News: Shelter / Chicago is a dynamic living newspaper that examines the stories about homelessness and homeless people in Chicago.

“Artists and journalists are working with policy-makers, social workers, and homeless men, women and children, to create THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER — a play that propels citizens to examine the complicated terrain between flashy headline news and the often invisible worlds of those living homeless on American streets.”

Click here to be redirected for THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER/ CHICAGO website.

Hunger Walk!

2013 hunger walk

Save the date! The Greater Chicago Food Depository is thrilled to announce that the 29th Annual Hunger Walk will take place June 21, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Join us and help alleviate hunger in Chicago. Keep checking back for more information!

To view last years photo album click here.

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Congratulations Team CCO! We are grateful to all our wonderful team members who participated in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle! Together the 11 members that ran the Shuffle raised over $3,500 to help alleviate homelessness in Chicago!

Nearly half of the team are adolescents who volunteer at CCO wrapping and delivering birthday gifts and treats to children living in the shelter. We are proud of their example to others and compassionate dedication to homeless children!

It’s not too late to join Team CCO. Learn more here.

Thank you Pepsico and Quaker!

Pepsico & Quaker

We would like to thank the Pepsico company for their continued support of our programs here at CCO. In addition to sponsoring our monthly Men’s Barbershop Events, Pepsico also conducted a clothing drive which collected suits and business attire for our residents to wear for job interviews and apartment hunting.

Today we received a donation of 900 lbs. of Quaker Foods products from the Pepsico company. Good things are happening at CCO, and it’s the participation of our community partners that helps to make that happen! Thank you!