Your contribution helps us pay for the nutritious food, drinks and supplies at the hospitality center, warming centers, and soup kitchens. Additional support goes toward events that promote interfaith dialogue…

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We express our shared values through direct services, including soup kitchens, warming centers, an emergency overnight shelter, a hospitality center, free fresh produce distribution in partnership with The Great Chicago Food Depository’s Producemobile.

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The Education & Advocacy Committee monitors local and national initiatives impacting hunger and homelessness, and recommends political actions for contacting legislators and policymakers. Public Gatherings provide a venue for volunteers, supporters and others who care about ending hunger and homelessness.

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Interfaith Action of Evanston is able to provide services to its hungry or homeless guests only with the support of its volunteers. There are both individuals and teams of volunteers that serve at the sites for the hospitality center, warming centers, soup kitchens, and the Producemobile.

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The IAE Annual Meeting for the IAE Board of Directors and delegates was held on October 8 and hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church.    At this meeting, delegates voted to approve the nominations of Jason Glanz, Olga Pearl-Ricketts, Donna Robinson and Carol Wilson to the IAE Board of Directors.   During the program that followed, “Interfaith Action in the Time of Coronavirus,” volunteers described how IAE has risen to the challenge of COVID by finding new ways to provide its Direct Services to our hungry and/or homeless neighbors.

The Supper Meeting was “Covid-style” this year.  Arriving guests drove up to a station in the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran, to pick up an individually-packaged soup kitchen meal.  The meal was purchased from Soul and Smoke, one of the many local restaurants that have provided reduced-price meals for IAE’s soup kitchens. Participants could either return home to enjoy their meal and continue to participate via ZOOM; or park their cars in the Trinity lot to see the speakers and listen to them via 95.3 FM on their vehicle’s radios. The meal was provided by donations from members of the IAE Board and the Delegate Advisory Committee specifically for this meal. 

We would like to thank Trinity Lutheran for graciously hosting the Annual Supper Meeting for the second year in a row, and for providing all of the sound equipment and the training for it.  A big thanks also to Joe Berube, who again came through with important items (speaker’s platform and spotlight) needed for an IAE event.   


IAE would like to thank graphic designer Susanna Ludwig, who contacted IAE offering to help the Producemobile “in any way I can.” Susanna spent 6 weeks designing a special new flier in both English and Spanish for the Producemobile that included the many changes to the Producemobile caused by COVID.  We are very, very grateful for her hard work producing many different designs and revisions on the way to a beautiful and informative flier. Contact Susanna Ludwig through her website at


Our volunteers have served 10,000+ individually-packed meals since COVID restrictions began in mid-March, many of them professionally prepared.   IAE would like to recognize several area food establishments that have provided thousands of meals for soup kitchens sponsored by IAE and our member faith communities at significantly reduced prices. Please show your appreciation by patronizing these food establishments, which are located in Evanston unless otherwise noted:

AOK Gourmet (Skokie)

Comida Cantina on Central

Cross Rhodes Cafe

Curt’s Cafe

Dave’s Italian Kitchen

Dengeos (Skokie)

The Fat Shallot (Chicago)

Food for Thought

Gyro Planet

Hub’s (Skokie)

Panera (Wilmette)

La Principal

Soul and Smoke

Taco Diablo

Jimmy Johns

Spring Fundraiser: Online Soup Kitchen Social

Interfaith Action successfully staged its first-ever virtual fundraiser on May 30th as “Keep the Doors Open” took place on Zoom. This Online Soup Kitchen Social raised more than $14,000 from 120 ticket purchasers and 80 separate donations and will enable the purchase of more than 2,000 soup kitchen carryout meals.

Those attending picked up their own carryout brown bag meals, similar to actual meals currently being distributed by the Interfaith Action soup kitchens, and then returned home to view the evening program on Zoom. That program began with a photo montage of recent Interfaith Action events, followed by greetings and a series of presentations from Board Member Mildred Carter, Executive Director Sue Murphy, Board President Anne Heinz and former Board President Birch Burghardt. Attendees then moved to virtual breakout rooms for guided small group discussions. Thanks to all who helped make the spring fundraiser a success!