Wednesday, September 9, 2015

South Loop Community Church to offer new women’s clothing for sale

South Loop Community Church, 1347 S. State St., will be offering new women’s clothing the third Saturday of each month starting September 19, 2015. The time will coincide with the hours of the church’s food pantry, 9 – 11 a.m.

Name brand and designer clothes for women on racks for browsing

For $20, customers will get a shopping bag (see picture below) that they can fill with clothes. All sales will be in cash. No checks, no credit cards. There will be no returns, exchanges, or layaways. There is no limit on shopping. Clothes for sale will include designer and name brands.

For $20 you can fill the above bag up with clothes.

The church will still  offer donated, gently used clothing for both men and women free of charge.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Join Benny’s Chop House in the fight against hunger

Join Benny’s Chop House in the fight against hunger as part of the Second Annual “86 Hunger” campaign.

During September 2015, Hunger Action Month, enjoy our S’Mores Cheesecake, and 10% of sales will
be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The S’mores Cheesecake is the perfect way to end your evening at Benny’s Chop House!

Lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

444 North Wabash 312-626-2444

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Music For Food Concert On April 12 To Benefit South Loop Food Pantry

CHICAGO – On Sunday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m., a group of acclaimed young musicians from the Chicago area will present a concert at the PianoForte Foundation, 1335 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago to benefit the South Loop Community Church Food Pantry.

The Chicago musicians are presenting the concert under the auspices of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative for hunger relief. Mira Luxion, the organizer and one of the participating artists, comments: “I am thrilled to be presenting this Music for Food concert, hopefully the first of a lasting series in Chicago. From the moment I first heard of Music for Food, I was moved by its mission. As musicians, we are given the capacity to touch people in tangible as well as intangible ways. The performers are dear friends and colleagues and it is truly inspiring to be working with them towards this mission.”

The program offers works by Austrian composers Mozart, Schubert, and the lesser-known Carl Frühling:

Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, K.423
Lauren Lai, violin
Kim Uwate, viola

Mozart: Andante from Sonata No. 9 in D Major, K.311
Eugenia Jeong, piano

Schubert: Selection of Lieder
Anne Slovin, soprano
Eugenia Jeong, piano


Carl Frühling: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 40
Steven Gooden, clarinet
Mira Luxion, cello
Andy Costello, piano

Those attending are asked to bring a monetary donation (cash or check made out to Music for
Food) or non-perishable food items. Questions about the concert may be directed to Mira Luxion:, or 312-513-6422.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Images from the client BBQ

On September 27, 2014, the South Loop Community Church Food Pantry held a BBQ for clients. The weather was perfect and we had a great turnout. The weekend was one of the nicest this season, but we’re bracing ourselves for another cold Chicago winter.

The food pantry is open every Saturday from 9 - 11 a.m. The food pantry serves residents of Cook County. Clients may visit the food pantry every Saturday. Fresh produce is distributed the first three Saturdays of every month. All food is available at not charge. Clothes are distributed, during food pantry hours, the second and third Saturdays of every month. We have clothes and accessories for men, women, and children and are available free of charge.

For more information on the food pantry, click on the about tab at the top of the page.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Client BBQ this Saturday September 27, 2014

The South Loop Community Church Food Pantry, 1347 S. State St., will host a BBQ for food pantry clients, Saturday September 27 from 12 to 2 p.m. There is not cost to attend.

The menu will consist of beef and turkey hot dogs, chips, cake, lemonade and iced tea.

The food pantry will be open for its normal food distribution (9 to 11 a.m.) on the 27th.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We will be open Saturday, August 30, 2014

We will have normal food distribution on August 30.
The South Loop Community Church Food Pantry, 1347 S. State St. will be open Saturday, August 30, 2014 (Labor Day Weekend) for regular food distribution. Distribution hours are 9 - 11 a.m.

The food pantry operates every Saturday. Fresh produce is available the first, second, and third Saturdays of every month. Clothes are available the second and third Saturdays of the month during food distribution. If you have any questions regarding our hours of operation or would like to volunteer, please e-mail us at, or call the church at 312.566.9076.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

South Loop Pantry volunteer opportunities meeting August 20, 2014

South Loop Community Church Food Pantry, 1347 S. State St., is looking for volunteers to help with their food pantry and clothes closet ministries. The church will be holding a brief introduction meeting on volunteer opportunities, Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.

The food pantry serves between 85 and 100 walk-ins every week.

In operation for over two years, the food pantry serves between 85 and 100 walk-ins every week. If you’re looking for a way to serve or give back to your community, volunteering at the food pantry might be for you. The food pantry needs volunteers on Saturday mornings, when food distribution takes place, as well as during the week to help with accepting food deliveries and restocking shelves.

The food pantry offers free produce three times a month.

Food distribution is every Saturday, 9-11 a.m. Three times a month, the pantry also offers fresh produce. The clothes closet distributes clothes and accessories for men, women, and children twice a month. The clothes closet operates the second and third Saturdays of every month during the food distribution. After food pantry clients get their food, they can look at clothing.
Click here to download this flyer.

The food pantry has partnered with local businesses, like Overflow Coffee BarMarianosPret A Manger, and Urban Re-Mix, and community organizations like Greater South Loop Association (GSLA). The GSLA contributed $1000 to the help the pantry buy turkeys last year for Thanksgiving baskets.

For more information, visit the church’s Web site or contact them via e-mail at or call the church office at 312.566.9076.

For a look at how the food pantry operates, check out this post from local South Loop blogger Bonnie McGrath.

If you would like to promote this volunteer event in your building or office, click here to download flyer.

Full disclosure: The writer of this blog is a regular volunteer at the South Loop Community Church Food Pantry. It’s been a rewarding experience serving folks in need from our neighborhood.