Since its founding more than 150 years ago, Fourth Church has always put a priority on helping persons in need in our city. Today the two most prominent programs supplying this assistance are Meals Ministry and the Chicago Lights Social Service Center.
Fourth Church does not provide financial assistance, direct housing, or employment placement.
Meals Ministry serves free meals five days every week:
Sunday Night Supper is served at Fourth Church starting at 4:00 p.m., both outside by our Michigan Avenue courtyard and in Anderson Hall with limited seating (entry is from the courtyard). Food is distributed in “to go” boxes.
Monday Night Supper is served at Catholic Charities on North LaSalle Street, between Huron and Superior Streets, starting at 4:00 p.m. Both “to go” and limited inside seating options are available. (Other organizations serve suppers at this location from Tuesday through Friday.)
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, bag lunches are served at Fourth Church between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall, with limited seating (entry is through the glass doors on the north side of the Michigan Avenue courtyard). Guests can also take lunch to go.
The Chicago Lights Social Service Center
Social services are provided at the 126 E. Chestnut Street entrance Tuesday through Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. (Social services are not available except during these hours.)
Provisions available include toiletries, clothes, and food.