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Care For Friends

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CFF Food Service

We are seeking volunteer teams and individuals to prepare and serve a hot meal on a final Saturday of the month or to fill in for a corporate group on a Thursday. If you are looking for an opportunity for your business, or as an individual to volunteer or if you want to gather a group of friends, we have a place for you to cook and serve! Preparation begins at 9:00 am. Meal is served from noon until 1:00 pm. We provide a team leader and all of the food from our pantry on site.

Join a community of folks who love to cook for, converse with, serve and be served by the community around them. We are located at 530 W Fullerton Parkway in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

This is an excellent opportunity for people to volunteer in a fun, safe, environment, either on a regular or periodic basis. We open our doors to anyone who is in need of a hot meal, and are funded by corporate donations, grants, and individual donors, with no government assistance.

We suggest to groups interested in going above and beyond to conduct a clothes, toiletry, or canned food drive to bring with you so our Initiative operations can remain stocked for our guests. Email us for further details and ask how you can get involved in our Initiatives beyond the kitchen!

Specific open dates for groups are as follows (bold are preferred):

  • April 25 2020 Community Volunteer Day, looking for individual volunteers
  • May 30 2020

The summer schedule only provides hot meals on Corporate Thursdays which are currently booked up through August. Please ask about our Youth Initiative dinners on Monday evenings starting in September!

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Bessana Kendig at or call at 720-545-4970

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About Care For Friends



Mission Statement

Care for Friends provides easy access to community, food and overall wellness for Chicago’s most vulnerable and under-served people, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Through its programs, Care for Friends successfully connects people with community resources to enable them to achieve a better quality of life.


Our flagship program is "Food for Friends" - where we create a safe space for anyone requiring a meal to gather in community for a no-cost hot lunch served in sit-down, family style with dignity and respect.

Other services are available during this gathering time, including haircuts, a health clinic, clothes closet, and toiletries distribution. Additionally, representatives from our various partner organizations begin to make connections with our guests - establishing trusting relationships that will ultimately allow our guests to connect with the services they need to achieve a better quality of life.

For more information, visit our web site at;


We'll work with your schedule.


530 W Fullerton ParkwayChicago, IL 60614



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food Service


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • None!

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