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 our Lord's call for compassion, love, and respect, the Hunger Committee is:

  • Building communications using a variety of avenues including electronic issues of the Hunger Network, diocesan e-news and other media;
  • Planning and making available educational programs on hunger and related issues;
  • Studying hunger issues in order to act as an educational resource for the diocese, as a guide for action, and as an advocate for hungry people;
  • Promoting changes in public policy which would make available more food for hungry people and would impact the root causes of hunger;
  • Encouraging lifestyles that consume less of the world's resources;
  • Supporting, encouraging, and assisting congregations of the Diocese to provide direct food relief locally and to increase development assistance in this country and throughout the world. 


2019 Hunger Committee REPORT TO CONVENTION

The diocesan 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 list of diocesan anti-hunger ministries is based on the diocesan asset map that congregations are encouraged to update at least annually.  The page also has links to food banks, resources for community gardens, and hunger and relief organizations.

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.  This year, we have moved the grant application deadline and awards 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. 

Accordingly, in fall 2018, we have 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.

The Hunger Committee encourages education and advocacy about hunger issues.  The committee is 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.

Respectfully submitted,

The Rev. Gary Cox, convener


Diocesan Anti-Hunger Ministries

Below is a map of the current food pantries in the diocese. Access the diocesan asset map for more information. If your congregation has a feeding ministry not listed here, please contact Jen Boyle-Tucker for help updating your congregation's listing.

All Saints' Episcopal Church
Chicago, IL 60640
Pantry, Meals Program
St. Clement's Episcopal Church
Harvey, IL 60426-2307
Pantry, Community Garden

All Saints Episcopal Church
Western Springs, IL 60558
Donation Center

The Church of the Holy Spirit
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Donation Center
Annunciation of Our Lady
Gurnee, IL 60031
Donation Center for papergoods
St. James Episcopal Church
West Dundee, IL 60118
Donation Center
Christ Episcopal Church
River Forest, IL 60305
Donation Center
St. James the Less Episcopal Church
Northfield, IL 60093
Pantry, Community Garden
Church of Our Saviour
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Donation Center
St. John's Episcopal Church
Naperville, IL 60540
Donation Center
Church of St Paul & the Redeemer
Chicago, IL 60615-2907
Pantry, Meal Program
St. Lawrence Episcopal Church
Libertyville, IL 60048-2149
Pantry, Meal Program
Church of St Pauls by-the-Lake
Chicago, IL 60626-2502
Pantry, Meal Program
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Dixon, IL 61021-0494
Church of the Ascension
Chicago, IL 60610
Pantry, Meal Program
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Messiah - St Bartholomew Episcopal Church
Chicago, IL
Pantry, Community Garden
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
Woodstock, IL 60098
Donation Center
Sts. George & Matthias Church
Chicago, IL
Pantry, Meal Program
St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
Wilmette, IL 60091-2670
The Church of the Holy Comforter
Kenilworth, IL 60043
Donation Center
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Warsaw, IL 62379