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.

Chicago Shares, a unique Chicago not-for-profit founded in 1993, provides meals to the hungry through a voucher program.  Each year a certain percentage of the vouchers purchased by generous people are never redeemed, thus providing a reserve of funds from which grants are made.

Recently, Chicago Shares announced that it is providing $15,000 in grants to 10 Chicago area not-for-profits that subscribe to a “help-the-needy” mission.

Grant recipients have underscored that these grants are particularly welcome now as other resources including state and local funding continue to dwindle.

Here are the 2016 grant recipients:

Lincoln Park Community Shelter
600 W. Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL  60614

402 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL  60624

Care for Real
5339 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640

Pacific Garden Mission
1458 S. Canal Street
Chicago, IL  60607

Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut
Chicago, IL  60611

Common Pantry
3744 N. Damen
Chicago, IL 60618

Society of St. Vincent DePaul
10525 Delta Parkway
Schiller Park, 60176

The Chicago Help Initiative
440 N Wells Street, Suite 44
Chicago, IL  60654

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Chicago
721 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL  60654

Franciscan Outreach
1645 W. LeMoyne
Chicago, IL 60622


Chicago Shares vouchers (which cannot be used for alcohol or tobacco) are safe, convenient, and easy to use. They enable generous Chicagoans to help the needy person-to person in a dignified way.

Chicago Shares has always been a volunteer program, which means there are no paid staff.

For more information on where Chicago Shares are sold and where they can be redeemed (plus information on becoming a volunteer or a merchant), please email us at, or visit