Recap of 2020 Serving Events

2020 was a challenging year for all of us. Food For Friends pivoted from our normal events and came up with new ways to serve those less fortunate.  The following two articles give you a glimpse into what our year was like.

  1. A New Way of Serving (April 2020)
  2. 2020: Reflections of Connections and Hope (Dec. 2020)

The rest of this page lists all our serving events held in 2020.  In most cases, we published an article here on the website about the event. If you follow that link, you can learn more about the event, who we served and how the event was organized. You can also access pictures from each event.

If you have any questions about our events, please send us an email at  info@foodforfriends.org

Events Held in 2020 

February 8,  2020

  • What: Elgin Community “Have A Heart” Dinner, Elgin, IL
  • Where: First United Methodist Church 216 E. Highland Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
  • What we did:   Served 200 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 15 volunteers. 
  • Time:  Three shifts: 9-11am, 11-1pm and 1-3pm
  • Read what we did:  Event Recap: 02/08/2020 Elgin Community “Have A Heart” Dinner

February 8, 2020

  • What: Ewing Annex Hotel Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where: Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we did: Served over 100 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 5 volunteers.
  • Time: 11– 1pm
  • Read what we did: Event Recap 02/08/2020: Ewing Annex Hotel

February 15, 2020

  • What:  Mobile Food Pantry at Life Bridge Community Church Wauconda, IL
  • What we did:  Food Truck and Serving Lunch to 200 ‘Friends’!
  • FFF Volunteers:  No volunteers were needed.
  • Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • No article was submitted for this event, but you can read what we did in 2019:  Event Recap: Life Bridge Community Church – February 16, 2019

March 14, 2020

April 11, 2020    

April 18, 2020   

April 18, 2020   

May 16, 2020

  • What: Food Truck Event at Ewing Annex Hotel
  • Where: Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we did:   Arranged for a food truck to provide 150 meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  Two volunteers.
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Read about what we did: May 16, 2020 Food Truck Event at Ewing Annex Hotel

May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020

  • What: Mobile Food Pantry at The Chapel Church, Lake Zurich
  • Where: The Chapel, 330 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL
  • What we did:   Mobile pantry operated as a drive through pickup for 250 families.
  • Volunteers:  We had over 75 volunteers from all sources.
  • Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Read what we did: May 16, 2020 Mobile Food Pantry at The Chapel Lake Zurich

June 12 & June 13, 2020 

June 20, 2020

June 20, 2020

June 27, 2020

July 4, 2020

July 25, 2020

  • 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 did:  Food Truck and Serving Lunch to 200 ‘Friends’!
  • FFF Volunteers: We had 15 volunteers
  • Time: 9:30am-12pm
  • Read what we did: July 25, 2020 Mobile Food Pantry at The Chapel In Lake Zurich

August 15, 2020

  • What:   City of Elgin Back to School BBQ Bash, Elgin, IL
  • Where:   Wing Park Pavilion Band Shell, 1010 Wing St. Elgin, IL 60123
  • What we did:   Cook and distributed meals and food to 2000 ‘Friends’ via a drive through format.
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 20 combined volunteers
  • Time:  11 – 4pm 
  • Read what we did: August 15, 2020 Elgin Back To School Bash

August 22, 2020 

September 7, 2020

  • 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:  Served 70 meals in an outdoor setting to socially distanced ‘friends’.
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had four volunteers. 
  • Time of event:  11:30 – 5:00pm
  • Read about what we did:  Sept. 7, 2020 H.E.L.P.S. Ministry Labor Day Cookout

September 8,  2020

September 12, 2020

September 19,  2020

  • What: Mobile Food Pantry at The Chapel Church, Lake Zurich
  • Where: The Chapel, 330 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL
  • What we did:  Social distant Mobile Food Pantry drive through and food distribution serving 158 families
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 10 volunteers. 
  • Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Read what we did :   September 19, 2020 Mobile Food Pantry at the Chapel in Lake Zurich

October 17, 2020 

  • What: Mobile Food Pantry at Life Bridge Community Church Wauconda, IL
  • What we did: 
  • FFF Volunteers:  
  • Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • No article was submitted for this event

November 7, 2020

November 21, 2020

  • What: Community Thanksgiving “Grab and Go” Meal with Music Box Foundation
  • Where: 6843 S. Harper, Chicago, IL
  • What we did:  Package 150 meals to distribute via drive-thru
  • FFF Volunteers:   We had 3 volunteers.
  • Read what we did: November 20, 2020 Event Recap: Music Box Foundation  

November 2020 (week before Thanksgiving)

  • Where:  Various company locations
  • What we did:   Distribute blue bags and turkeys
  • Thanks! to all the companies and their employees who volunteer and donate food for these events
  • To get a feel for what organizations and their volunteers do with these events, see the following article Blue Bag Event Recap: Bay State Milling Company

November 21, 2020

  • What:  Thanksgiving Blue Bag and Turkey Distribution
  • Where:  Various churches and community organizations
  • What we did:  Distribute around 500+ Turkeys and Blue Bags
  • FFF Volunteers:   Thanks to all of the volunteers
  • For an example of what we did, see the following article:   San Miguel

November 25, 2020

  • What:  Pacific Garden Mission Thanksgiving Dinner.
  • Where:  Pacific Garden Mission, 1458 S. Canal Street, Chicago, IL
  • What we did:  Delivered 500 boxed meals to the Mission
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had two sets of 10 volunteers each working over the course 2 days.   
  • Read what we did!   Pacific Garden Mission Serving Event – 11/24 & 11/25/2020

November 26,  2020

  • What: Together We’re Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Elgin, IL     EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC.   🙁
  • Where:  
  • What we will do:  
  • FFF Volunteers:  
  • How to Volunteer:  
  • Volunteer shifts: 
  • Read what we did last year:  Event Recap: 11/28/2019 Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner

November 26, 2020

  • 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 a COVID-style “Sit down meal” to  approximately 100 guests
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 16 volunteers.
  • Time 11:30-4:30: Shift 1 (11:30am-2:30pm) Shift 2 (2pm-4:30pm)
  • Read what we did!:   Thanksgiving Serving Event at H.E.L.P.S Ministry

November 26, 2020 

  • What: Ewing Annex Hotel Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where: Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we did:   Served 100 boxed meals 
  • FFF Volunteers:  2 volunteers
  • Time:  10:30am – 12pm
  • Read up on what we did:   Event Recap: Thanksgiving at the Ewing Annex Hotel

November 26, 2020

December 12, 2020

  • What: San Miguel Christmas Blue Bag distribution, Chicago, IL
  • Where: San Miguel Christmas event at St. Michael the Archangel Parish Social Center, 1954 W 48th Street, Chicago, IL.
  • What we did:   Assembled and distributed 120 Blue Bags to the San Miguel community
  • FFF Volunteers:   Thanks to the Chicago Rugby Club, who volunteered at this event. 
  • Time:  10am-12pm
  • For a recap on what we did, see Event Recap: San Miguel Holiday Blue Bag

December 19,  2020

  • What: Ewing Annex Hotel Luncheon, Chicago, IL
  • Where: Annex Hotel, 430 South Clark, Chicago Loop.
  • What we did:   Safely distributed 120 box meals
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had two volunteers.
  • Time:  9:30am – 11:30am
  • Read our article from this event at Ewing Annex Hotel – December 19, 2020

December 19, 2020

December 19, 2020

  • What: Community Christmas “grab and go” event with Music Box Foundation
  • Where: 6843 S. Harper, Chicago, IL
  • What we did: Packaged 200 meals to distribute via drive-thru / walk-up
  • FFF Volunteers:  We had 14 volunteers. 
  • Time:  10:30-4pm    Shift 1: (10:30am-3pm), Shift 2: (12:45-4pm)
  • For a recap on this event, see Music Box Foundation Event – December 19, 2020

December 19, 2020

  • What: House of Restoration, Christmas Blue Bag distribution
  • Where: First Methodist Church  216 E. Highland Ave. Elgin
  • What we did:   Distributed 100 Blue Bags with frozen turkeys
  • FFF Volunteers:    No volunteers 
  • For an example of the type of event we hold with House of Restoration, see the article on our 2018 serving event.

December 22, 2020 

  • What: Elgin Community Christmas Serving Event
  • Where:  Various sites in Elgin
  • What we did:  Supported our strategic partner, Together We’re Elgin, with donations of food
  • Volunteers:  5 Food For Friends volunteers
  • Read what we did:   Annual Elgin Christmas Community Dinner