Questions or comments? Please feel free to email the volunteer department at [email protected].


Dear Volunteers,

Hope you all are having a happy, healthy new year! We've started the year with a resolution to continue meeting the growing need for food and social services in Chicago.

Your energy and hard work directly supports our neighbors during these cold months.

Thank you for being part of our community.


All Nourishing Hope sites will be closed on Tuesday, February 6 for an all staff meeting. We will reopen on Wednesday, February 7. 



The Home Delivery North team is currently seeking a volunteer to assist with transporting wagons! Use your own vehicle to pick up seven, portable, folding wagons from the Hub, 5151 N. Ravenswood, then take the wagons to the delivery building.

Delivery building will either be 1032 W. Montrose, 4225 N. Sheridan, or 920 W. Lawrence depending on the week. (Ana Petersohn will confirm the location with you upon wagon pick-up.)

You will assist with the delivery distribution shift, then bring the wagons back to the Hub when deliveries are completed.

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in helping with this shift!


Do you enjoy Sheridan distribution shifts? Consider a change of scenery by signing up for an El Mercadito distribution shift — Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 12 p.m. – 4 pm.

Help is always appreciated at this site!

2024 #NourishingGeographic Competition

(Pantry coordinator Gillian F. took her trusty, dusty Nourishing Hope water bottle all the way to Machu Picchu!)

Welcome to the #NourishingGeographic Competition!

Take a photo on your world travels of you in a Nourishing Hope T-shirt, hat or sweatshirt!

Submit your photo and info here.

At the end of 2024 we'll have a contest to award the winners!

Categories include: 

  • furthest distance traveled
  • largest travel group wearing Nourishing Hope Gear
  • Most epic photo


Make ending hunger your New Year’s resolution!

Your work as a Nourishing Hope volunteer is already changing lives, and you can take your impact to the next level by joining our monthly giving program. Monthly donors provide a sustainable stream of support for our work and make a powerful difference for our community every single day.

A monthly gift of just $30 a month nourishes one neighbor with 3 meals a day, 365 days a year!

Set up your recurring gift at or contact [email protected] for more details. Let’s make 2024 our most impactful year yet!

Become a monthly giver today!



“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Thank you to all individual volunteers, as well as our group volunteers from Aldi, TEKSystems (pictured below), and BFKN (pictured above) for coming out to help on a very, very cold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!


As we welcome the new year, we are proud to look back on all that we accomplished in 2023. Check out this blog post by our CEO, Kellie O’Connell, highlighting our top 10 accomplishments from 2023!

And if you haven't seen our 2022-2023 annual report, make sure to give it a read here. We could not have risen to the challenges of the past two years without the outpouring of support from our donors, community partners and volunteers like you. Thank you for your unwavering compassion and generosity.


We are sad to share the news of the passing of Eric F., an amazing volunteer cargo van helper.

He began volunteering in 2014 at the age of 65. Eric dedicated an impressive 975 hours of service to Nourishing Hope.

We will remember him fondly and will forever be grateful for his work.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT –– Lance Aguilar

Lance Aguilar joined Nourishing Hope as a volunteer in 2021 at the Sheridan and Hub locations. Originally hired as a temporary van driver/warehouse coordinator, he’s worked with Nourishing Hope on a permanent basis as a warehouse coordinator since April 2022.

As an individual who marches to the beat of his own drum, Lance shows a healthy respect for the odd and eccentric parts of life. Lance spends time outside of work reading, watching tv, and listening to music and podcasts – usually alongside Pamela, a cat who’s shared his home for the past 9 years.

He’s especially interested in storytelling that engages perspective taking or features non-human characters. If you see Lance around while your volunteering, be sure to say hi!


This month we are featuring Lena T. as our volunteer spotlight! Lena is known around the Hub as being incredibly knowledgeable and willing to help with anything. Learn more about Lena below!

What made you decide to start volunteering at Nourishing Hope?

It was early in the pandemic, and like many people I was looking for a way to help my community. I had volunteered with other food pantries once or twice in the past, but Nourishing Hope was facing high demand and needed volunteers so I signed up for a gleaning shift. Almost four years later, I'm still here!

What do you enjoy most about volunteering? 

Honestly, it's the people. I've gotten to know a lot of the staff and regular volunteers. It's nice to see familiar faces and know that I can help out in a very different way than I do in my day to day life. I can also count on it being a workout, moving boxes and using the pallet jacks.

What do you do for work? 

As of this moment, I'm transitioning out of my role running a small business helping issue advocacy and progressive organizations run equitable hiring processes. That's a long way of saying I'm currently gainfully unemployed and exploring what this next phase of life brings.

Any "fun facts?"

People are highly amused by the name of my cat. My last name (and hers) is Tom. Her first name is Phan. Enjoy.

Thank you, Lena, for your dedication and hard work!


  • HUGE shout out to Don S. for installing new wooden baseboards in the under-cabinet storage areas for dry boxes at Sheridan. 
  • Shout out to Annie B. who picked up diapers for a Home Delivery client who needed them.
  • Thank you to Alan S. for helping build pallets on our snow day.
  • Shout out to Mary M. for helping glean after making Home Delivery calls on a quiet day at the Hub.


Happy Birthday Have Fern

Phillip A.

Elisabeth B.

Anne B.

Amy B.

Sarah B.

Jacqueline C.

Kevin C.

Maria Alexandra D.

Lucia F.

Sharon F.

Raghav G.

Robin H.

Avis H.

Shannon H.

Gabrielle L.

Abigail L.

John M.

Wesley M.

Kelly M.

Christopher M.

Patrick N.

Tom N.

Daniel N.

Carly N.

Jim O.

Claudia O.

Lucy P.

Ishani P.

Deny Q.

Kirsten R.

Ingrid R.

David R.

Don S.

Susan S.

Jonathan S.

Mugdha T.

Lise V.

Kenneth V.

Javier V.


Nourishing Hope

1716 W. Hubbard St.

Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 525-1777


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