Category Archives: Dinners

Serving Event Recap: Ewing Annex Hotel – March 24, 2018

Food For Friends volunteers served 150 meals on March 24, 2018 at the Ewing Annex Hotel on Clark street in the Chicago loop.  Lee N Eddies caters these meals and is a fantastic Food For Friends partner.  Thanks to the Food For Friends volunteers at this event:  John, Noah and June Lee along with their two friends Bob and Stephanie.  The following recap was provided by Noah Lee.  THANKS Noah!

Food For Friends voluneers served 150 meals on March 24, 2018 at the Ewing Annex Hotel for men in the Chicago Loop. You can see all the pictures from this event on our Facebook page via the album 2018 24Mar – Ewing Annex Hotel

On Saturday March 24, we had the great pleasure of serving an Easter meal to over 120 men at the Ewing Annex Hotel thanks to Food For Friends and Lee n’Eddies catering.

The men enjoyed a great meal consisting of ham, chicken, collard greens, mashed potatoes with gravy,
mac and cheese, meatballs, and Jello.

I served with my parents, June and John, and family friends Bob and Stephanie Skopek. Dan Herzog, a member of the board of directors of FFF was able to join us to help us serve.

The Annex Hotel provides affordable temporary housing for men in need. Many of the men stay at local shelters most of the time and stay at the Annex when they can afford to do so. The Annex, unlike the shelters, give the men their own rooms so they can enjoy some privacy.

We recognized many of the guests. They were present for the previous meal we served at the Annex. The guests all enjoyed their meals and expressed great appreciation.

We look forward to serving again at the Annex in September.

Noah Lee
Food For Friends volunteer

Serving Report: San Miguel Luncheon – Saturday, June 13, 2015

San Miguel 2015 SAM_2338Food For Friends hosted a luncheon on Saturday, June 13, 2015 for all San Miguel students and their families, helping them celebrate their 20th year celebration.  The event was planned for 250 guest, we had approximately 160 guests and served approximately 200 meals (includes volunteers meals).   We had a bunch of leftovers that were split between HELPS and San Miguel.

The volunteer turnout was great!!  We had 26 volunteers and because of that we wree able to offer our guest a special dining and serving experience.  We heard many comments from guests that the food was delicious (they were happy to have lemon chicken instead of the standard fried chicken) and that they felt very special being served.

Tad Smith, Executive Director at San Mguel, delivered a moving speech celebrating San Miguel 20th year and he noted the important partnership with Food for Friends. Everyone had a great experience!

San Miguel 2015 SAM_2324A few days after the event, we received the following note from Terina Erb, a Food For Friend’s volunteer who served at the event:

Hi Cristina. Just wanted to let you know we had the best time ever serving at San Miguel’s celebration. It was a blessing to serve everyone and to get to know some of the students and staff. It truly is a great school. We brought some new people with us and they also can’t wait to help there again. It was great to see the kids joyfully working together to set up for the event and bring meals to the families. They truly seemed to have this look of accomplishing something great – and they did – they displayed great love. Thanks for letting us be part of their special celebration.   – Terina Erb

San Miguel Masthead1About San MiGuel:   The school is located at: 1954 W 48th St. Chicago, IL.   San Miguel School Chicago was founded  in 1995 by two former Christian Brothers, Gordon Hannon and Ed Siderewicz in a convent dining room, with 18 students, a staff of four and a $50,000 grant.  Today, the San Miguel campus serves approximately 90 Latino students in grades 6 through 8. The mission of this school district is “Transforming Lives and neighborhoods”.  San Miguel is committed to serving students who are academically at-risk and whose families are economically disadvantaged. S tudents are accepted into San Miguel based on three main criteria: academic underperformance, financial need, and living in proximity to the schools.  For more on San Miguel, check out their website.

Want to volunteer at a future serving event?   Please respond via email,, if you would like to serve. If you can only make it for part of an event, that is fine, just let us know what times you are available so we can plan.

Seven 2014 Holiday Serving Opportunities!!

IMG_5208Food For Friends planned seven fantastic serving events November and December of 2014.   We have already completed six of those events!

These events are wonderful memories for those of us who volunteer to give back to those less fortunate.  In fact, we have some families that have made this an annual tradition to volunteer with Food For Friends around the holidays.  We encourage you to start those traditions within your own family and experience the joy of paying it forward.

Here is a list of the events we have already completed.

  1. Nov. 22, 2014 (Saturday) – Turkey Meal Boxes Distribution 9am.  Food for Friends delivered 100 meal boxes to HELPS Ministry Community Center 6N571 Tuscola Avenue in St. Charles, IL.   Volunteers assisted with the distribution at HELPS.  
  2. Nov. 26, 2014 (Wednesday) – Pacific Garden Mission, 1458 S. Canal Street Chicago, IL.  We served approximately 900 meals to homeless men, women and children at 5pm.   We had approximately 100 volunteers.
  3. Nov. 27, 2014 (Thursday) – Food For Friends partnered with the Salvation Army of Elgin to host a holiday dinner at First United Methodist Church 216 E. Highland Ave. Elgin, IL 60120.  We served about 900 meals.   30 Food for Friends volunteered their time to spread the joy of giving.
  4. Nov. 27, 2014 (Thursday) –  20 Food for Friends volunteers assisted the HELPS Ministry 6N571 Tuscola Avenue in St. Charles, IL. and served 125 meals.
  5. Nov. 27, 2014 (Thursday) –  10 volunteers assisted at the Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop where we served 150 meals starting at 10am.   Leftovers were sent to Hopewell Southside Chicago.
  6. Nov. 27, 2014 (Thursday) – New this year we had a serving opportunity at the West Cook YMCA, 255 Marion St., Oak Park, IL where about 10 volunteers served about 100 meals.

At this time, we have one more holiday serving opportunity planned

  • Dec. 13. 2014 (Saturday) – Food for Friends is sponsoring the San Miguel Christmas event at St. Michael the Archangel Parish Social Center, 1954 W 48th Street, Chicago, IL.  We plan to serve 150 meals starting at 11:30am and we need 20 volunteers for a shift from 10am – 1pm.   And we also need a Santa!!

How to Volunteer:  Please respond via email to  We understand you are busy so if you can only make it for part of the event, that is fine, just let us know what times you are available so we can plan.

About Food For Friends:    Food For Friends is an official 501 c-3 Christian organization providing hands-on opportunities to feed the poor who are hungry in the Chicagoland area.

Don’t Have Time to Volunteer?   We understand holiday schedules can be busy.  Please send a link to this page to all your friends, perhaps they are not aware of our serving opportunities.

Support Us!!  Our only fundraiser every year is our September golf outing.  However, we do accept monetary donations throughout the year, checks can be mailed to:   FOOD FOR FRIENDS, PO BOX 2423, Palatine Illinois 60078 or you can donate via the link her on this website (left side of the page)

Thanks to all who have volunteered at one of these events in previous years.  If you have never volunteered, please consider doing so.  YOU do make a difference and you will see that on the smiles of the faces of the people you serve!  The more you give, the more you get back.

Food For Friends Mobile Food Pantry with The Chapel in Lake Zurich – 17May2014

On May 17, 2014, Food For Friends sponsored the Mobile Food Pantry with The Chapel in Lake Zurich!!

A dedicated team of volunteers distributed food at no charge on a first come, first served basis to 300 families.   Families were  able to choose groceries that include fresh meat, produce, beverages, and non-perishable products.

Our effort at that event helped us love and care for people in our communities who are in need of food, hope and encouragement! Many families we serve have one working adult but are not bringing enough income home to make ends meet. By providing food, we are helping families from having to make tough choices between paying their rent/mortgage, utility bills, medicine or feeding their families.

Check out some of the photos of the event!

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The Horton Group Supports Food for Friends

For the second consecutive year, The Horton Group and ‘Food For Friends’ partnered up to provide 50 complete Thanksgiving dinners to those in need.  ‘Food For Friends’ secured the 50 – 12 lb. turkeys and The Horton Group associates provided bags filled with side dishes, desserts and dressings to complete the meal.

Horton representatives then participated in the passing out of the collections to the chosen ‘Together We Cope’ families in Tinley Park and surrounding communities.

You may think what you did was a simple gesture. Know that those lives you touched by your generosity, were impacted greatly by your kindness.

‘Food For Friends’ future community outreach opportunities are available throughout the year can be found at

The Food Drive Volunteers

San Miguel Back of the Yards 2012

San MiguelThere is no greater gift then to be able to help those who are in need that are truly grateful.

This was our experience this year when we delivered 80 thanksgiving meals to San Miguel School at the back of the yards location.

You could just see the the excitement in the eyes of the families that were anxiously waiting for our truck to arrive.

Questions always remains…. Who was truly blessed that day? I say we all were !!!


PACIFIC GARDEN MISSION Thanksgiving 11/23/2011-read more

More than 80 volunteers gather at the end of several hours of serving warm meals to more than 1000 homeless people staying at the Pacific Garden Mission on Wednesday 11/23/211.  The menu was traditional Thanksgivng fare including turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing, apple and pumpkin pies.  Food For Friends roots started serving thanksgiving meals in 1994 at the Harold Washington College before coming to the mission in 2003 and has served warm meals every Thanksgiving Eve at Pacific Garden Mission for eight consecutive years.

For more information how you can help Food For Friends fight hunger, please click on the CONTACT US button of this website.