Hyde Park Union Church has a long tradition of leadership and service in our community and on the south side of Chicago. We take seriously our commitment as Christians to follow Christ’s example in loving and serving others; ministering to the sick, the poor, and the vulnerable; and working for peace, justice, and mercy.
We house the Food Pantry, support the Soup Kitchen, and manage the finances and fund-raising for the Hyde Park–Kenwood Hunger Programs.
We support the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project and Saint Martin de Porres House of Hope, a shelter for women and children in Woodlawn, with a school supply drive and a Thanksgiving offering of food and money collected by our children.
The Missions and Social Concerns Committee plans presentations and forums to keep the congregation and broader community well informed of important areas of social concern. When appropriate, they encourage the congregation to write letters on these issues, and we work with Protestants for the Common Good to advocate for peace, justice, and mercy in our city and state.
“Every Healthy Community Has a Safety Net.”
Hyde Park Union Church has actively supported the Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs since their beginning in 1981. In 2007, our church became the hub for the Hunger Programs, providing financial management and organizing the Hunger Programs' board. HPUC works with other groups and faith communities to collect food, to recruit volunteers, and to raise funds for this important work. The Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs are supported by people who live in the community.
The food pantry is located at HPUC, and is open every Saturday throughout the year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several of our members volunteer and assist each week with the unloading of deliveries from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Church Office, or Jan Deckenbach, the volunteer coordinator. Email Jan Deckenbach
The Soup Kitchen is coordinated by Rev. Leroy Sanders at Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave. It serves a hot meal on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from Noon to 1 p.m.
Once a month, on Missions and Social Concerns Sundays, our church prepares chili after Sunday Worship for 200 to be served the following day at the Open Kitchen. If you would like to volunteer with the open kitchen, please email Rev. Leroy Sanders