Category: Blog

For Pride, a celebration and exploration of queer identity

Marina Silva is one of Nourishing Hope’s therapists who provide free mental health counseling.  This Pride Month, I have been reminded, now more than ever, that we need each other. We need each other to celebrate our authentic selves, to learn to engage with the whole person standing in front of me at any given […]

For Pride Month, couple offers $30K match as ‘leverage to do good’

It all started with a simple inquiry: What’s for dinner? Early in the pandemic, like many other Americans, Charlie Garrido and Jason Mark Roberts found themselves cooking a lot more than before. They began posting humorous minute-long videos on social media about what they were having for dinner on any given night, often co-starring their […]

Led by Pilsen artist, volunteers help with ‘monumental’ mural

Pablo Serrano poses for a portrait in front of his new mural capturing the spirit of Lakeview Pantry’s work. (All photos by Mateo Zapata for Lakeview Pantry) Despite the dreary Chicago spring, flowers are blooming in full splendor on a new mural in progress at Lakeview Pantry’s new facility at the corner of West Hubbard […]

Opening new doors: Housing assistance provides shelter and hope

Housing assistance is one example of how Nourishing Hope has evolved to become more than a food pantry in recent years. We’ve also ramped up mental wellness counseling and other forms of support to address the complex and often interwoven challenges that people experience. Hear more from our full-time housing case managers and a neighbor who now has a place to call home.

In Englewood, new partnership helps families experiencing homelessness 

The new partnership between Primo Center and Nourishing Hope, which began in September, is part of the Pantry’s growing online market program. It’s one example of how the Pantry is trying to serve more people in need who might not be able to — or who might not want to — access a traditional food pantry.

“We’re trying to meet people where they’re at, with as much choice and dignity as possible,” said Jennie Hull, the Pantry’s chief program officer.

Q&A: Chief ‘problem solver’ reflects upon retirement

Throughout the pandemic, Nourishing Hope has been fortunate to have Bill Thomas making many tough decisions on the fly. This Friday, Thomas, 65, is retiring after an impressive career spanning more than four decades in the food industry and nonprofit sector, including a 10-year run at Feeding America.

In the Q&A interview, Thomas reflects on his career, a changing food industry and his time at Nourishing Hope during the pandemic.