Hunger and Poverty

St. James Meals began in the early 2000s when St. James Sunday School teachers wanted to give our children opportunities to help others. The children made sandwiches and packed lunches to be handed out once a month. Two decades later, a brunch on the third Sunday of each month provides a full breakfast, toiletries, necessities, along with a sack lunch.

In 2010, Sandwich Sunday volunteers expanded the reach of our meals ministry by starting a lovingly-prepared dinner that first hosted seven guests. Now, on the first Tuesday of every month, the meal hosts around 150 guests. We are always looking for people who care about serving our underserved neighbors.

10% of every dollar received at St. James goes out to the world to help communities in need. Part of the core mission of the church is preparing meals for the hungry, turning strangers into neighbors, and sharing the joy of Christmas with our fellow Chicagoans. St. James Meals is one of the primary outreach ministries of St. James Cathedral. Grounded in our understanding of our faith and the Gospel we do our best to feed our neighbors twice a month:
  •  First Tuesdays serving from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  •  Third Sundays serving from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
In response to our need, as a community, to engage in social distancing we are currently partnering with The Protein Bar & Kitchen to provide healthy and sustaining meals for those who need them in addition to prepackaged snacks. We also provide amenity bags, including hygiene products and a pair of socks, during every meal. 
During this time, St. James Meals is not actively recruiting new volunteers due to a reduced number of volunteers we are able to accommodate. We are hopeful that we will be able to return to provide a healthy, home cooked sit down meal soon. If you are interested in learning more about St. James Meals or you would like to participate in the future, please contact Curate Anna Broadbent.