Our outreach and advocacy for those suffering hunger, malnutrition, or lack of food security is coordinated through our Hunger Committee and through Episcopal Charities and Community Services.
In response to God’s call for compassion, love, and service, the Hunger Committee:
- Communicates about hunger prevention and relief efforts, using diocesan e-news and other media;
- Supports educational programs and resources on hunger and related issues in order to raise awareness, guide action, and advocate for hungry people;
- Promotes changes in public policy that would make available more food for hungry people and would impact the root causes of hunger;
- Represents the diocese in state, national, international, and ecumenical organizations and activities that fight hunger;
- Participates in local efforts to raise awareness of and funds for local feeding programs and international relief and development.
- Provides small grants to diocesan congregations and ministries to provide direct food relief in their communities.
The Hunger Committee serves as a resource for congregational and regional feeding programs, education on hunger issues, and advocacy efforts on behalf of those with food insecurity.
The committee also encourages education and advocacy about hunger issues and serves as the conduit for the diocese’s membership in Bread for the World, a national ecumenical hunger advocacy organization, and the Illinois Hunger Coalition, which organizes state level advocacy and helps families or individuals apply for food assistance and find feeding programs in their communities.
2019 Grant Application
Each year the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Hunger Committee offers support to congregations and agencies that sponsor programs to address hunger in the diocese. In 2018, the Committee awarded grants ranging from $200 to $645 to 14 food pantries and meal programs.
The grants are funded through gifts to the Hunger Committee and other sources. Funds raised by Episcopalians participating in the Chicago CROP Hunger Walk are also distributed by the Committee; these funds are restricted to Chicago. Agencies outside the city may apply to their local CROP walks.
View Diocese of Chicago locations currently offering food pantries and meal programs on the diocesan asset map below. If your congregation has a feeding ministry not listed on the map or the list below, please contact Jen Boyle-Tucker for help updating your congregation’s listing.
CROP Hunger Walks
Representatives from the Hunger Committee help to organize the Chicago CROP Hunger Walk and promote other hunger walks throughout our diocese. The committee is one of the recipients of the 25% local portion of Chicago CROP Walk funds and distributes them to Chicago Episcopal congregation-based soup kitchens, food pantries, and other feeding programs that apply for its small grants each year. In December 2017, the committee distributed $2,200 received from the 2016 Chicago CROP Hunger Walk and about $2,300 from the committee’s budget to diocesan congregations for their hunger programs. In 2018, the grant application deadline and awards were moved to two months earlier, so that rather than receiving applications through the time of diocesan convention, we can now announce the recipients at convention and invite them to share something of their ministries at our exhibit hall table.
In fall 2018, we awarded $3,170 from the Chicago CROP Hunger Walk to six hunger ministries affiliated with Chicago congregations: St. James Cathedral; St. Peter’s; Care for Friends at Church of Our Saviour; Ravenswood Community Services at All Saints’; Messiah-St. Bartholomew Food Pantry; and St. Cyprian’s Ecumenical Food Pantry. The committee awarded $2,275 from our other funds to eight hunger programs in our diocese outside of Chicago: St. Paul’s, Warsaw; St. Martin’s, Des Plaines; All Saints, Rock Island; Calvary, Lombard; St. Mark’s, Evanston; Sandwich Board at Trinity, Aurora; St. Clement’s, Harvey; and Annunciation, Gurnee.