Chicago Shares
Mission & Vision

Chicago Shares is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide a way for individuals, agencies, religious communities, corporations and retail merchants to help the hungry poor through a food voucher system.

Through distributing $1 vouchers instead of cash, Chicagoans can be sure their donations feed the hungry.

Learn more about our voucher program.



Chicago Shares’ Grants Bolster Area Non-Profit Programs

“We’re so grateful for your help in supporting those in need.” That’s the strong and reoccurring theme of the responses received to the Chicago Shares announcement of its 2016 grants.

Each year a certain percentage of the Chicago Shares vouchers purchased by generous people are never redeemed, thus providing a reserve of funds from which grants are made.

This year, the Chicago Shares Board approved $15,000 in grants to 10 Chicago area not-for-profits that subscribe to a “help-the-needy” mission.

The 2016 grant recipients have underscored that these funds are particularly welcome now as other resources, including state and local funding, continue to dwindle.

Here are the 2016 grant recipients.

Chicago Shares Welcomes a New Partner Organization

Chicago Shares is pleased to welcome the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago as a selling partner. CIOGC comprises over 60 member organizations, ranging from mosques, to Islamic schools and community organizations based in the Chicagoland region. Shares will be sold after Friday prayers at their headquarters at 231 S. State Street, Chicago.



Calling All Potential Volunteers! 

Do you have some spare time to help the homeless?  You can volunteer your time and talents in several ways. Learn about the specifics here. 


Want to Start Your Own Shares Program?

Find out How to Start a Shares Program.


We’re Celebrating 20 Years. Let’s Keep Sharing.

Learn more about Chicago Shares by watching our 20th Anniversary Celebration Video. If you believe in the mission and vision of Chicago Shares, take a second to watch the video below and share it with your friends and family!