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 2012

This Group Photo was taken of all volunteers who served at the Pacific Garden Mission Thanksgiving a warm dinner for the homeless and less fortunate held on 11-21-2012 Thanksgiving Eve. More than 80 Food For Friends volunteers came together, almost half of the volunteers were first time servers here. Together Food For Friends served over 1000 plates of Turkey dinner complete with all the trimmings to homeless children, women and children in Chicago. A warm heartfelt thanks for all the people who donate to Food For Friends to make this event and the other five meals possible this past November. Food For Friends also gave away hundreds of BLUE BAGS filled with complete Thanksgiving dinner including Frozen Turkeys to under-resourced families all around Chicago and suburbs. Without your generous donations this giving from the heart and spreading Gods love would simple not be possible. If not us, then who?

Pacific Garden Mission Thanksgiving 2012
Pacific Garden Mission Thanksgiving 2012

Horton Group Teams with Food For Friends

The November 14th, “Donate and Denim” day at Horton’s Orland Park and Chicago locations resulted in employees donating 50 full bags of Thanksgiving Dinner sides to accompany the 12 pound turkeys provided by Food For Friends.

On November 19th, Horton representatives (George Daly, Chief Operations Officer; Marie Bastick, Director of Quality Assurance; and Carol Hajek, Human Resources Generalist) passed the turkeys and meal bags to “Together We Cope” families in Tinley Park.

Together We Cope is located on Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park and serves a diverse group of individuals in the south suburbs of Chicago (Bremen, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Tinley Park). Its clients are provided food, clothing, and/or financial assistance for rent, mortgage and utility bill payments. Its doors are open five days a week and averages sixty clients a day.

San Miguel Summer BBQ

Food For Friends wishes to thank all the partners and people who made this serving opportunity a tremendous God celebration event serving BBQ lunch to an estimated community of 500 people.

More than 50 volunteers from Food For Friends, Lee and Eddy’s, Gabby Bakery, H.E.L.P.S. Ministry and San Miguel Staff provided more than food; we provided through our faith……. hope for the future and love this day to the community. You showed up…..

People of all color and backgrounds joined in the food, culture, music and fun on a gifted sunny warm day of bringing people together to Celebrate 10 Years of children success stories and San Miguel Schools.

Again, thank you we are so proud of you kind heart and donations of time and resources.

Dan Herzog

Save the date – Sponsorship 9/10/13 Golf outing !


We are looking forward to seeing you on the course again this year. We have made great memories together over the years golfing together  for a purpose, to feed those who are less fortunate.

This year’s theme is  Pay it forward  “Make a Difference in Someone’s Life”.

Join us in remembering those who are hungry in the Chicagoland area. For more information, email  Dan Herzog or John Opsahl  at

Please return to “sign-up” in early June when our online registration page will be made available.

Corporate and Individual  sponsorship is now available!

Packages are as follow;

Corporate Sponsorship

GOLD-  $1,100.00 ( Foursome and Hole Sign)

SILVER – $820.00  (Twosome and Hole Sign)

Individual Packages

GOLD- $700.00 (Foursome)

SILVER- $ 370.00 (Twosome)

SINGLE- $195.00

DINNER ONLY  -$25.00

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

DINNER SPONSOR – $2,500 (Limit 1 *)

CART SPONSOR – $1,500 (Limit 1 *)

LUNCH SPONSOR- $1,000 (Limit 1 *)




Note:  PayPal is available for an added convenience. Please be aware that there is a service fee to Food For Friends for processing payments using PayPal. If you are able to pay via Check, this will help minimize our operating costs, allowing more of  your generous gifts to be used for those in need.

For immediate Release 3-4-2012 Fun with Friends Volunteer Appreciation Night declared success!

Food For Friends held their “Fun With Friends Volunteer Appreciation Night” last Thursday 3-1-2012 at Strike 10 Lanes in Elk Grove.  “The event was a huge success” says Dan Herzog president of Food For Friends.  “We were pleasantly surprised with a large turnout of volunteers, including families of all ages.  The crowd was estimated at more than 175 people who all had a wonderful time.  The board of Directors Food For Friends also invited and served some single moms and their children from one of our partners”.  The night included two bands, the Rachel McKenzie Band and the Praire Surfers, both bands had great reviews and comments!.. The food was provided by Lee and Eddies Catering of Woodale.  We thank all those who serve and donate resources to Food For Friends to feed the needy and less fortunate in Chicago.  The next serving opportunity is Easter Dinners on April 7th 2012.  We also have immediate serving opportunities to take single moms shopping for food.

Please contact info@foodforfriends if your interested in serving

For more photos  please look in the Photo Gallery  Tab

Message From the President 4/28/12-click here


Welcome to our new FOOD FOR FRIENDS website, we are glad you stopped in!  Please feel free and we encourage you to leave comments and suggestions for consideration of improving the site.

SUMMERS COMING, are you ready for some outdoor activitys?  Please be watching for some serving opportunities with our partners, we should be having brunch graduations with FELLOWSHIP HOUSING Moms in May and a Summer BBQ at the SAN MIGUEL Gary Comer Campus on the west side of Chicago. 

 We hope you will come and serve with FOOD FOR FRIENDS and consider helping us stamp out hungar by volunteering and feeding those who are less fortunate than yourselves. 

Have a blessed day, and thanks for connecting with us.

Daniel L. Herzog


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