St. Elisabeth’s is part of a dedicated group of churches and synagogues that are committed to provide a hot meal and a sack lunch every single day of the year in Evanston for people in need. This ministry has continued for over 25 years. We are responsible for the second Thursday of every other month.

That Thursday is quite a busy day as it requires our volunteers to shop, prepare lunches at St. Elisabeth’s, and prepare and serve dinner at Evanston’s First United Methodist Church. We plan for 100 diners, including that hot meal and sack lunch.

We rely on volunteers to prepare and serve the food, and generous donors to cover the costs of purchasing it. Approximately fifteen to twenty-five volunteers are required each time we do this mission. One of the wonderful benefits of soup kitchen is that our volunteers range from five or six years old to eighty or more years young and we all work together as a highly efficient, caring and jolly crew.

We are very proud of this ministry and the participation of so many.