Meals Ministry

The mission of Fourth Church’s Meals Ministry is to provide nutritious meals
and welcoming hospitality for neighbors who are hungry, nurturing a sense
of community among guests, volunteers, and partner organizations as we
live out Fourth Church’s mission to be a light in the city.

Meals Ministry Programs
How You Can Help


Meals Ministry Programs

In this season of uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the needs of those already marginalized are greater than ever. Thus it is a priority for Fourth Presbyterian Church that the meals served by Meals Ministry—as well as the emergency services of food and clothing provided by the Chicago Lights Social Service Center—continue to be available to those in need.

As we remain committed to feeding people five days a week—

Sunday Night Supper is being served outside near our Michigan Avenue courtyard starting at 4:00 p.m. Food is distributed in “to go” boxes with no inside dining at tables. Sidewalks in the courtyard are marked every six feet to encourage social distancing while people stand in line.

Monday Night Supper is also being served in “to go” boxes at our usual Monday location: Catholic Charities on N. LaSalle.

Bag Lunches are served “to go” outside near our Michigan Avenue courtyard on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. There is no inside access, and sidewalks are marked every six feet to encourage social distancing while people stand in line.

Saturday Breakfast will be served “to go” each Saturday morning from the Cloisters outside Fourth Church. The time commitment for volunteers is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., with breakfast distribution to guests from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. For more volunteer information, visit our VOMO page.


How You Can Help

In this time of meeting the increased needs of our neighbors, monetary and food donations provide critical support for Meals Ministry.

You can make a financial gift online and either designate your gift to Meals Ministry or, to support the various ways we are caring for our community, give to the general budget of the church.

You can also mail a check to the church (126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611), payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church. (If you want to designate it for Meals Ministry, simply note that in the memo line.)

If you want to donate food, we ask that you order preferred items online (see below) and have them delivered directly from the distributor to the church (126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611). We cannot currently receive donations dropped off by individuals.

Shipped deliveries can be dropped off at the 126 E. Chestnut St. entrance of the church Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Meals Ministry has created lists of preferred items from Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Costco. These lists are set up to ship directly to Fourth Church: just click, pay, and ship.


Those interested in volunteering should sign-up to participate for specific Projects on VOMO

Effective October 15, 2021, all Fourth Church volunteers serving in person must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you sign up to volunteer for any Meals Ministry opportunities please send a copy of your vaccination certification card to by October 15. Masks must also be worn on the Fourth Church campus at all times.

Interested in receiving our Meals Ministry email newsletter? Simply add your email address to the distribution list.

For information about Meals Ministry, contact Mike Usiak (312.981.3599), Meals Ministry Coordinator.