Get Inspired
Chicago's Community Kitchens
Day 10: Cooking up community. Sharing food is a way for us to connect with our heritage, nurture our bodies, and spread love to our communities. Today we're challenging your family to think about how food can transform lives in more ways than one. Check out the video on Chicago's Community Kitchen's and learn more about how a Chicago job training program helps people find careers as chefs.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository runs the Chicago Community Kitchen's job training program to help people pursue careers in the culinary world. The kitchen is a place for learning, making mistakes, and celebrating victories for the students in the program. As Chef Cook says, food nourishes our bodies, our souls, and our communities.

This film was produced by  Small Forces , a creative impact studio here in Chicago dedicated to amplifying the work of purpose-driven organizations through cinematic storytelling. We love their inspiring work!
Let's Talk
After watching Chicago's Community Kitchens, use the questions below to kick-start a great conversation with your family:

  • What did you find inspiring about Chicago Community Kitchens?

  • In the video, Chef Cook tells the students, if you don't allow yourself to fail, you're not allowing yourself to learn. Think about a time where things didn't go as planned, what did you learn from that experience?

  • What's your favorite memory surrounding food and family? Why is that memory important to you?

  • Bonus! Share your family recipe with your community. Send your recipe to Sydney with a blurb about your family's cooking traditions and favorite Honeycomb memory to be featured as a Honeycomb at Home Chef du Jour!

Do Something
Let's Get Cooking
It's time to get creative in the kitchen. A lot of us are finding ourselves with some interesting ingredients in our pantries. What meal can you make when you look in the kitchen and all you see is pasta, frozen peas, and mustard?

Today we want you all to get creative cooking together as a family. Make a family classic or create a new recipe together. Surprise yourself, maybe your new recipe will start a family tradition!

If you find yourself with some ingredients that you don't know how to work together, check out fridgetotable.com . You can enter ingredients you have around the house and the site will generate tons of recipes for you to try. Of course pasta, frozen peas, and mustard could make a delicious pasta salad - why didn't we think of that!
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New Honeycomb Pins!
We have a NEW Honeycomb at Home pin to add to your collection! After you complete 5 activities, contact us with your address and pictures of your work. We'll send your pin straight to your door! Share your work on social media and tag #honeycombathome and #thehoneycombproject
Community Connections
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Help feed our city. As many people in Chicago face uncertainty in their ability to access essentials like food, we need to do what we can to take care of our neighbors. Your family can help out by donating to pantries in your community.

Try to limit unnecessary trips. If you're out grocery shopping for your own family, consider picking up some extra items to drop off at a pantry on your way home. The Greater Chicago Food Depository is accepting drop-off donations at their warehouse Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Want to donate to a pantry closer to home? Locate a pantry near you with GCFD's pantry map.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is dedicated to bring food, dignity and hope to Cook County. GCFD fuels a network of over 700 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, providing food where it is needed most.

Please wear gloves when shopping and maintain social distance while dropping off donations. If you or a family member are not feeling well, please refrain from donating at this time.
Chef Du Jour
Honeycomb Leadership Corps members, Neha and Ana Parikh shared this delicious One-Pot Cacio e Pepe with the Hive. This classic pasta dish is sure to warm your soul and fill your belly! This is the perfect dish to try if you're looking to make a simple but hearty meal for with your family.

Neha, her husband Ashish, and their two kids Ana and Devin started volunteering with The Honeycomb Project in 2012. One of their favorite projects is constructing sleeping mats for people experiencing homelessness with our partners New Life for Old Bags. Recently, Neha and Ana were accepted to join the 2020-2021 Honeycomb Leadership Corps. They are excited to take on a new personal volunteerism goal and explore this new Honeycomb challenge!
Stay connected to our Honeycomb community through our  Hive Matters Community Page  on Facebook - a collaborative forum for all Honeycomb's volunteers and local partners to share ideas, connect, and inspire service both at home and out in Chicago's communities.
#Buzzworthy
"We love having you all involved at the mobile pantry! It is SO helpful to have a consistent group at 'the store.' We are so grateful."
- Our Lady of Angels

Funders & Supporters
The Honeycomb Project engages, mobilizes and inspires kids and their families to build strong and vibrant communities for all Chicagoans. Since 2011, more than 22,000 volunteers have participated in Honeycomb programs benefitting 45 local organizations.