Index to all our 2019 Serving Events

This page lists all of the serving events we held in 2019. Also included are links to articles about those events. From those articles you can also explore all of the pictures from those events.

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Events Held In 2019

January 19, 2019

  • What: Mobile Food Pantry at The Chapel Church, Lake Zurich
  • Where: The Chapel, 330 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL
  • What we did:  Food Truck and Serving Lunch to 200+ ‘Friends’!
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 10 volunteers
  • Read what we did:  Read the article  Event Recap: Mobile Food Pantry at The Chapel Lake Zurich

February 9, 2019

  • What: “NEW” Elgin Community “Have A Heart” Dinner, Elgin, IL
  • Where: First United Methodist Church 216 E. Highland Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
  • What we did:   We helped serve 650 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had about 40 volunteers.
  • Time:  Three shifts: 9-11am, 11-1pm and 1-3pm
  • For a recap of what we did at this event, see Event Recap: “Have a Heart” Elgin Community Dinner – February 9, 2019

February 16, 2019

  • What: Ewing Annex Hotel Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where: Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we will do: We helped serve 100 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 6 volunteers.
  • Time: 9am – 12pm
  • Read what we did!: Event Recap: Ewing Annex Hotel – February 16, 2019

February 16, 2019

March 9, 2019

March 23, 2019

  • What: Elgin Community “St. Patrick Meal”, Elgin, IL
  • Where: First United Methodist Church 216 E. Highland Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
  • What we did: We will served about 400 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had about 30 volunteers.
  • Time:  Four shifts: 7-9am, 9-11am, 11-1pm and 1-3pm
  • Read what we did:  Event Recap: Irish You Were Here!! March 23, 2019

April 6, 2019

  • What: Mobile Food Pantry at Life Bridge Community Church Wauconda, IL
  • What we will do:  Food Truck and Serving Lunch to 200 ‘Friends’!
  • FFF Volunteers:  At this time, no volunteers are needed
  • Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Read what we did with Life Bridge Community Church last year!:  June 30, 2018 Serving Event Recap – Life Bridge Community Church

April 20, 2019

  • What:  Ewing Annex Hotel Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where: Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we did:  We served approximately 100 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 5 volunteers.
  • Time: 9:30am – 12pm
  • For a recap of  what we did at this event, see:  Event Recap – April 20, 2019 Easter Dinner at Ewing Annex

April 20, 2019

  • What: Easter Dinner at H.E.L.P.S Ministry
  • Where: HELPS Ministry 6N571 Tuscola Avenue in St. Charles, IL.
  • What we did:  We served approximately 100 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had about 14 volunteers
  • Time: 11:30-5:30pm — Shift 1 – 11:30-3:30pm  and Shift 2 – 1:30-5:30
  • For a recap of  what we did at this event, see:   Event Recap: HELPS Ministry Easter Dinner, April 20, 2019

April 21, 2019

May 8, 2019

  • What:  Slingshots Teen Center
  • Where:  North Side Gospel Center, 3859 N. Central Ave. ,  Chicago, IL 60634
  • What we did:  We served a Nacho Bar for 65 teens
  • FFF Volunteers:   There were 4 volunteers.
  • For a recap of what we did, read Event Recap –  Slingshots Teen Center – May 8, 2019

May 11, 2019

May 25, 2019

  • What: Mobile Food Pantry at The Chapel Church, Lake Zurich
  • Where: The Chapel, 330 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL
  • What we did:  Food Truck and Serving Lunch to 200 ‘Friends’!
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 20 volunteers.   
  • Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Read what we did last year!:  May 12, 2018 Event Recap: Mobile Food Pantry at The Chapel Church

May 27, 2019

  • What: *NEW – Memorial Day Lunch at H.E.L.P.S Ministry
  • Where: HELPS Ministry 6N571 Tuscola Avenue in St. Charles, IL.
  • What we did:  We served 125 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 6 volunteers.
  • Time: 11-4pm
  • For writeup on this event, see the article Event Recap: Memorial Day 2019 at H.E.L.P.S. Ministry

June 22, 2019

July 4, 2019

  • What:  H.E.L.P.S July 4th Cookout
  • Where: Engstrom Family Park, 326 Millview Dr. Batavia, IL 60510
  • What we did:  We provided 300 meals
  • Volunteers:   HELPS members volunteered during the event
  • For a recap of the event, see  Event Recap: H.E.L.P.S. Annual 4th of July Cookout

July 6, 2019

  • Where: Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we did:  We served 130 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 6 volunteers
  • Time: 9am – 12pm
  • Read what we did: Event Recap: July 6 at The Annex Hotel

July 12, 2019

  • What: San Miguel Graduation Dinner, Chicago, IL
  • Where: San Miguel Christmas event at St. Michael the Archangel Parish Social Center/Gym, 1936 W 48th Street, Chicago, IL.
  • What did:  We served 300+ meals at the Graduation celebration
  • Time: 5pm-7:30pm
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 6 volunteers
  • Read what we did:   Event Recap:  San Miguel Graduation Dinner

July 20, 2019

  • What: The Chapel Church partnered with Food For Friends for Mobile Food Pantry at, Lake Zurich
  • Where: Mobile Food Pantry w/Chapel Church, Lake Zurich, IL
  • What we need did:  Food Truck, distributing groceries to 160 families.  Served lunch to 200  ‘Friends’!
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 35 volunteers.
  • Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Read what we did!:  Event Recap:  July 20, 2019 – Mobile Food Pantry – The Chapel of Lake Zurich

August 7, 2019

August 17,  2019

  • What:   City of Elgin Back to School BBQ Bash, Elgin, IL
  • Where:   Wing Park Pavilion, 1010 Wing St. Elgin, IL 60123
  • What we did:   We cooked pork and served hot dogs, chips and cookies for 2000 ‘Friends’!
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 19 volunteers. 
  • Time:  10 – 5:30pm
  • To see what we did at this event, see Event Recap: August 17, 2019 Elgin’s Back to School Bash

September 2, 2019

  • What:   H.E.L.P.S Ministry Labor Day Cookout
  • Where:  Across the street from HELPS Ministry 6N571 Tuscola Avenue in St. Charles, IL.
  • What we did:  We served 75-100 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 6 volunteers.
  • Time of event:  11:30 – 5:00pm
  • See what we did at this event, see our recap at Event Recap: Sept. 2, 2019 H.E.L.P.S Ministry Labor Day Cookout

September 14, 2019

September 17, 2019

  • What:  Food For Friends 16th Annual Golf Outing, Bartlett Hills, IL
  • Event:  Golf, Dinner, and Raffles
  • We had 133 golfers that were blessed with a beautiful day.
  • This was our only fundraiser of the year.  Thanks to all our sponsors, golfers and volunteers for making this event a success.
  • For a recap of this year’s event, see Event Recap: Annual Golf Outing September 17, 2019

September 28, 2019

November 2, 2019

November 16, 2019

  • What: Community Thanksgiving Meal with Music Box Foundation
  • Where: 6843 S. Harper, Chicago, IL
  • What we did:   We served over 100 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 16 volunteers working two shifts
  • Time:  1pm-5:30pm (Meal was served at 2pm) Shift 1: (1-3:30pm), Shift 2: (3-5:30pm)
  • For a recap of this event, see the article Event Recap: Music Box Foundation Thanksgiving Event – November 16, 2019

November 2019 (week before Thanksgiving)

November 23, 2019

November 27, 2019

November 28, 2019

  • What: Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Elgin, IL
  • Where: First United Methodist Church 216 E. Highland Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
  • What we did:  We served 1000 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:   We had 60 volunteers
  • Time: 9-3pm; Three shifts: (Shift 1: 9-11am), (Shift 2: 11-1pm) and (Shift 3: 1-3pm)
  • For a recap on this event, see Event Recap: 11/28/2019 Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner

November 28, 2019

  • What: H.E.L.P.S. Thanksgiving Dinner, St. Charles, IL
  • Where: HELPS Ministry 6N571 Tuscola Avenue in St. Charles, IL.
  • What we did:  We served 100 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 30 volunteers total.
  • Time: 12-5pm:  Shift 1 (Noon-3:30pm) & Shift 2 (1:30-5pm).
  • For a recap on our 2019 H.E.L.P.S Thanksgiving Dinner, check out the article Event Recap: H.E.L.P.S. Ministry Thanksgiving Dinner

November 28, 2019

  • What:  West Cook YMCA Thanksgiving luncheon, Oak Park, IL
  • Where:   West Cook YMCA, 255 Marion St., Oak Park, IL.
  • What we did:  We served 70 meals
  • FFF volunteers:  30 volunteers served at this event.
  • Time:  11am – 2pm
  • For a recap on this event, see the article Event Recap: West Cook YMCA Thanksgiving Dinner

December 5, 2019

December 14, 2019

  • What: San Miguel Christmas Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where: San Miguel Christmas event at St. Michael the Archangel Parish Social Center, 1954 W 48th Street, Chicago, IL.
  • What we did: We serve 200 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 20 volunteers
  • Time:  11-2:00pm
  • For a recap on our 2019 San Miguel Christmas Luncheon, see the article Event Recap: 12/14/2019 St. Miguel Community Christmas Meal

December 14, 2019

  • What: Al Raby High School Blue Bag event, Chicago, IL
  • Where: Al Raby High School, Chicago, IL
  • What we did: We provided turkeys, holiday side dishes, and Blue Bags for 15 families
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 2 volunteers
  • Time:  11-2:00pm
  • For a recap on this 2019 Blue Bag event, see the article Event Recap: 12/14/2019 Al Raby Blue Bag Event

December 17, 2019

  • What:  Deborah’s Place Christmas Meal
  • Where:  Deborah’s Place, 2822 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
  • What we did:  We provided food for 50 people
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 2 volunteers
  • Time:  11-2:00pm
  • For a recap on this event, see the article Event Recap: 12/17/2019 Deborah’s Place Holiday Meal

December 21, 2019

  • What: House of Restoration, Christmas Dinner , Elgin, IL
  • Where: First Methodist Church  216 E. Highland Ave. Elgin
  • What we need help with: We will serve up to 200 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We will need 10 volunteers to help set up and serve a meal.  Sign up link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4fa4ae28aafd0-20198
  • Time:  1-5pm (Meal will be served 2:30pm)

December 21, 2019

  • What: Elgin Community Lunch / Dinner, Elgin, IL
  • Where: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL
  • What we did:  We served 600 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 50 volunteers.
  • Time:  Three shifts: 9-11am, 11-1pm and 1-3pm
  • For a recap on our 2019 Elgin Christmas Dinner, see our article at Event Recap: 12/21/2019 Elgin Community Holiday Dinner

December 21,  2019

  • What: Community Christmas Meal with The Music Box Foundation
  • Where: 6843 S. Harper, Chicago, IL
  • What we did: We served 120 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 16 volunteers
  • Time:   1pm-5:30pm (Meal served at 2pm) Shift 1: (1-3:30pm), Shift 2: (3-5:30pm)
  • For a recap on our 2019 Music Box Community Christmas Dinner, see the article at Event Recap: 12/21/2019 Music Box Foundation Holiday Meal

December 21, 2019

  • What: Ewing Annex Hotel Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where: Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we will do:   We will serve up to 130 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  At this time, no volunteers are needed.
  • Time:  9:30am – 11:30am
  • For an example of the type of serving event we hold at the Ewing Annex Hotel, see Thanksgiving 2018 Dinner at the Ewing Annex Hotel