Meals Ministry

Sunday Night Supper | Monday Night Supper
Bag Lunch Program | Volunteer | Donations Needed | Contact

As people of faith, we are called to feed the hungry and to work to eradicate hunger. Many volunteers lead and implement Fourth Church’s Meals Ministry, which provides nutritious meals and welcoming hospitality to those in need through a variety of different year-round programs.

Every Sunday evening, Sunday Night Supper serves 110 to 150 persons in Anderson Hall at Fourth Church. Every Monday evening, Monday Night Supper serves about 130 guests at Catholic Charities (721 N. LaSalle Drive). Bag lunches are distributed at Fourth Church each week, Tuesday through Thursday, to about 200 people. Volunteers make sandwiches and provide bag-lunch supplies once a month for Sarah’s Circle, a transitional shelter for formerly homeless women. Fourth Church also has a team that makes a hot breakfast for the Lincoln Park Community Shelter once a month.

At Fourth Church, we place a high priority on nurturing a sense of community among guests, volunteers, and partner organizations as we live out our mission to be a light in the city. Below you will find detailed descriptions of current volunteer needs as well as information regarding the time commitment, contact person, and schedule for each role.

Sunday Night Supper

Hosted in Fourth Church’s Anderson Hall by Meals Ministry of Fourth Presbyterian Church

  • Guests are invited in at 4:00 p.m.
  • Dinner is served at 5:00 p.m.; guests must be seated at that time in order to
    receive their meal.
  • All are invited to participate in afternoon jazz worship at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

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Monday Night Supper

Sponsored by Meals Ministry of Fourth Presbyterian Church and served at Catholic Charities (721 N. LaSalle; 312.655.7700)

  • Line up for entry at 4:00 p.m.
  • Guests invited in at 4:15 p.m.
  • Dinner is served at 5:00 p.m.

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Bag Lunch Program

Hosted by Meals Ministry in the Fourth Church Loggia and Anderson Hall

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • One bag lunch per week
  • Guests may be registered during this time
  • A resource information table is available

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Volunteer Opportunities

To volunteer with Meals Ministry, see the opportunities available below and contact Robert Crouch (312.981.3382). A downloadable PDF of opportunities is available here.

Sunday Night Supper at Fourth Church

  • Dining Room Supervisors
    Individuals or pairs lead the Sunday Night Supper dining room team. Duties include welcoming and orienting volunteers, fostering fellowship and hospitality, managing all aspects of onsite operation from setup to cleanup, insuring adherence to hygiene and sanitation guidelines, and coordinating and communicating any needs to Meals Ministry Coordinator and Program Chairs.
  • Dining Room Volunteer
    Individuals, families, and small groups assist with setup, beverage pouring, hosting, serving, silverware rolling, and cleanup for Sunday Night Supper.
  • Cooks
    Individuals sixteen years of age and older assist with dinner preparation. No experience needed and supplies and supervision are provided.
  • Dishwasher
    Individuals or pairs wash trays after dinner.

Monday Night Supper at Catholic Charities

  • Program Co-Chairs
    One to two individuals work in partnership with the Meals Ministry Coordinator, Meals Ministry Steering Team, and supporting team leaders and supervisors to oversee and coordinate aspects of program operations and planning.
  • Dinner Supervisors
    Individuals lead the Monday Night Supper team during the serving of dinner at Catholic Charities. Duties include welcoming and orienting volunteers, fostering fellowship and hospitality, managing all aspects of onsite operation from setup to cleanup, monitoring clock, insuring adherence to hygiene and sanitation guidelines, and coordinating and communicating any needs to Meals Ministry Coordinator, Program Chairs, and/or Catholic Charities.
  • Dinner Volunteers
    Individuals assist with dinner setup, serving, and cleanup.
  • Bakers
    Individuals contribute homemade baked goods to be served at Monday Night Supper. Items can be dropped off at Fourth Church on Sunday at anytime or Monday by 2:00 p.m. or to Catholic Charities on Monday by 4:00 p.m.
  • Packers
    Individuals organize and pack supplies at Fourth Church for transport to Catholic Charities. Can be done on Sunday mornings. Takes about thirty minutes. Perfect opportunity before or after worship!

Bag Lunch Program at Fourth Church

  • Bag Lunch Volunteers
    Individuals assist in the assembly and distribution of bag lunches. Assembly includes packaging all lunch items and preparing the cart for distribution. During the distribution period, volunteers assist with checking in guests, handing out lunches, and pouring beverages.

Other Opportunities

  • Shoppers
    Individuals with vehicles purchase needed food and supplies for various meal programs (produce, drink mixes, sandwich-making supplies, etc.) Costco membership is a plus! Email access necessary.

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Donations Needed: Snacks for Sacks

Sack lunches are provided every week, resulting in about 43,000 snacks needed yearly. Individually-packaged, single-servings of salty, sweet, or fruit snacks are always needed. Bulk boxes are especially desired. To support this ministry, leave donations with Reception marked “bag lunch” or “Meals Ministry.” A downloadable flier of the types of items needed is available here.

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To volunteer or for information, complete the downloadable volunteer interest form and contact Robert Crouch (312.981.3382) or Mike Usiak (312.981.3599).

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Meals Ministry Photos

Monday Night and Sunday Night Christmas Suppers | December 2011