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're the home of the Hyde Park / Kenwood Food Pantry, as well as the financial manager for the Hyde Park / Kenwood Hunger Programs.
We host conversations with local leaders to keep ourselves, and the broader community, informed on social justice concerns. But we don't stop there - we take actionable steps toward creating a community characterized by love, equity, and justice for all.
We regularly engage in service opportunities that make an impact in our neighborhood and wider Chicago community. This includes partnerships with local organizations like Growing Home Chicago and the Hyde Park Refugee Project.
“Some food needs to be free”
The Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs have been active for almost 40 years, providing assistance through both the Food Pantry (at Hyde Park Union Church) and the Open Kitchen (at Kenwood United UCC). Together, they serve over 500 of our food-insecure neighbors per week, a third of whom are children.
Food Pantry, Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S Woodlawn Avenue
Open every Saturday of the year (including holidays) from 10:00am - 1:00pm.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Church Office, or Jan Deckenbach, the volunteer coordinator. Email Jan Deckenbach
Open Kitchen, Kenwood UCC, 4608 S Greenwood Avenue
Serves breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00am - 1:00pm.
If you would like to volunteer with the open kitchen, please email Rev. Leroy Sanders