2016 Event Recap: It was another fantastic year of serving events!

2016nov24-west-cook-ymca-09We are looking forward to a great year in 2017 with many more events.  However, as we close the book on the serving events for 2016, we are thankful to all those who support our efforts.  It allows us the ability to provide food to those who don’t have the means to have regular meals.  Because of you, we continue to Pay it Forward…. One Meal at a Time.

For a recap of our 2016 events, check the list below.

March 26, 2016

March 26, 2016 (Easter Luncheon)

July 9, 2016 

  • Where:  Ewing Annex Hotel Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • What we did:  We served 150 meals!
  • FFF Volunteers:   This was a special serving event organized and led by our “Young Leaders” program
  • Read more at our article July 9, 2016 – The Annex Hotel serving event

July 15, 2016

July 16, 2016 

  • Where:  Mobile Food Pantry w/Chapel Church, Lake Zurich, IL
  • What we did:   We served about 500 lunch meals and gave away over 200 bags of groceries. partnering up with the Northern Illiniois Food Bank
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 35 volunteers.
  • For more, read our article at July 16, 2016 Mobile Food Pantry w/Chapel Church

September 13, 2016

  • What:  Food For Friends 13th Annual Golf Outing, Bartlett Hills, IL
  • What we did:  Golf, Lunch, Dinner, Raffles…. and fun!
  • News article: See our recap article on our website here.
  • Pictures: All 2016 photos have been posted to our Facebook page.

September 17, 2016

  • What:  Ewing Annex Hotel Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where:  Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we we did:  We served about 75 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 6 volunteers
  • Read the news article at:   “Serving Event Recap: Sept. 17th at Ewing Annex Hotel

September 24, 2016

  • What:  Mobile Food Pantry at the Chapel Church, Lake Zurich
  • Where:  The Chapel, 330 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL
  • What we will do:   Food Truck and Serving Lunch to 200 ‘Friends’!
  • FFF Volunteers:  We need 20 volunteers
  • Time: 9am-12:30pm
  • Read up on a similar event we had last year!!  “Event Recap: October 31 Mobile Pantry at Valley View Church in St. Charles

November 12, 2016

  • What:  Mobile Food Pantry at The Chapel Church, Lake Zurich
  • Where:  The Chapel – 330 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL
  • What we will do:   Host a food truck and serve a lunch (300 meals)
  • FFF Volunteers:  We need 20 volunteers
  • Time: 9am-12:30pm
  • Read up on a similar event we had last year!!  “Event Recap: October 31 Mobile Pantry at Valley View Church in St. Charles

November 2016 (date TBD – week before Thanksgiving)

  • Where:  Various company locations (up to 10 events).  Watch this space and on Facebook in November.  We will list locations and Host Companies.
  • Purpose of these events:  Companies host these events.  Their employees donate food and help us fill our FFF Blue Bags with food items for Thanksgiving meals
  • What we did:   For an example of a typical company event, see the following article:  Champion Logistics fills 50 Blue Bags for Thanksgiving!
  • 2017 Events:  Let us know if your company is interested in hosting an event!    Sign your company up today by sending a note to info@foodforfriends.org

November 2016  (date TBD– week before Thanksgiving)

November 23, 2016

  • What:  Pacific Garden Mission Thanksgiving Dinner.
  • Where:  Pacific Garden Mission, 1458 S. Canal Street, Chicago, IL
  • What we did:  We served about 700 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had about 95 volunteers
  • Time:  3:30-6:30pm
  • For more information about what we did, read our article on our website:  Food For Friends serves hundreds at Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago

November 24, 2016

  • What:  Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Elgin, IL
  • Where:  First United Methodist Church 216 E. Highland Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
  • What we did:   We served over 1000 meals
  • FFF Volunteers: We had 18 volunteers
  • Time:  Three shifts:  8-11am, 11-1pm and 1-3pm
  • For more information about what we did, read our article on our website: Elgin Community Thanksgiving dinner a total success!

November 24, 2016

  • What:  H.E.L.P.S. Thanksgiving Dinner, St. Charles, IL
  • Where:  HELPS Ministry 6N571 Tuscola Avenue in St. Charles, IL.
  • What we will do:   We served about 150 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had about 15 volunteers  
  • Time:  Shift 1 – (Noon-4pm) & Shift 2 (1:30-5:30)
  • For more information about what we did, read our article on our website:  Three personal stories from the 2016 HELPS Thanksgiving Dinner

November 24, 2016

  • What:  Ewing Annex Hotel Thanksgiving Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where:  Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we will do:  We served about 125 meals.
  • FFF Volunteers: We had 10 volunteers
  • Time:  9am – 1pm
  • We do not have an article about our 2016 event, but you can get a feeling for what it was all about by reading the article about our 2015 event here

November 24, 2016

  • Where:  West Cook YMCA Thanksgiving luncheon, Oak Park, IL
  • Where:   West Cook YMCA, 255 Marion St., Oak Park, IL.
  • What we did:  We served about 150 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 10 volunteers
  • Time:  11am – 2pm
  • For more about this event, check out the article on our website:  Warm food and smiles served at West Cook YMCA for Thanksgiving

December 10, 2016

  • What:  San Miguel Christmas Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where:  St. Michael the Archangel Parish Social Center, 1954 W 48th Street, Chicago, IL.
  • What we did:  We served about 200 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 14 volunteers!  
  • Time:  11-1:30pm
  • For more on this event, see the article on our website: Light of Christmas shines brightly at San Miguel School in Chicago

December 17, 2016

  • What:  Ewing Annex Hotel Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where: Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop
  • What we did:  We served 125 men a warm meal.  We also gave the hotel a brand new 50-inch TV and a sound bar!
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 6 volunteers
  • Time:  11-1:30pm
  • For more on this event, see the article on our website: Serving Up a Special Christmas at the Ewing Annex Hotel

December 18, 2016

  • What:  Elgin Community Dinner
  • Lead organizer:  In the Neighborhood Deli
  • Where:  Hemmens Cultural Center, Lower Level, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 60120
  • What we did:   We helped serve over 500 meals and we donated food.
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 15 volunteers.
  • Time:  Volunteer Shifts were 9-11am, 11am-1 pm and 1-3pm.