Our residents need access to good nutritious food in order to restore their health and regain stability in their lives. You can help!

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

  Nov 13, 2021

Help Reduce Hunger & Homelessness in Chicago

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 13-21) is time designated each November to educate the public, draw attention to the problem of poverty, and build up a base of volunteers and supporters for local agencies working against hunger and homelessness.

The Boulevard works to break the cycle of homelessness for the men and women we serve in Chicago. Since 1994, we’ve served more than 10,500 men and women with holistic care and support. Each day, people receive a safe place to sleep each night, three nutritious meals, and the professional support they need to move forward in their lives.

Good Food Leads to Good Health 

Food and shelter are basic human needs. However, every day in Chicago, people who are experiencing homelessness are also experiencing hunger.

Our residents need access to good nutritious food in order to restore their health and regain stability in their lives.

The Gift of A Garden

In 1999, we received a generous gift to start a vegetable garden at our facility so residents could learn about the importance of growing and eating healthy food.

This gift was made by the family of Jean Weil Lieberman and the garden was established in her honor. The vegetables from this garden have provided nourishment to our residents for more than 22 years.

Working the Garden Together

Growing nutritious food is a labor of love. A community of volunteers, led by Nancy Hanson — founding board member, and nicknamed our “Garden Lady” — work together in the spring and fall to make the garden a success.

They work side-by-side with our residents — planting, weeding, and harvesting the garden. This is one area where volunteers can join to help during the pandemic, as it is outside in fresh air.

From Garden to Table

Our residents and volunteers enjoy growing a variety of vegetables that are used in the kitchen to make healthy meals. Vegetables grown and prepared in meals include zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, pumpkins, tomatoes, lettuce, and more.

Residents who work in the garden feel a sense of pride when they’re able to help grow the food that is prepared for their meal.

Looking to reduce hunger and homelessness in Chicago? 
Here’s how you can help!

Share-a-Meal: You can prepare a meal and deliver it for our 40 residents. Or, you can have a meal catered. Find out more – contact us at volunteer@blvd.org.

Organize a Drive: Would you like to donate basic need items? Our residents need basic clothing and hygiene items. We could also use nonperishable food in our kitchen. You could run a food or basic needs drive to benefit our residents. Find out more – contact us at volunteer@blvd.org.

Make a Donation: No gift is too small. Your donation will go to support the men and women we serve each day. 

Donate today!