Notre Dame raises more than $3,000 to feed the hungry
September 7, 2018

Parishioners and friends of Notre Dame raised more than $3,000 for cooking supplies and equipment as well as meals for the homeless.

Notre Dame de Chicago Parish, during its Christmas in July campaign, raised $3,103.70 for a meal program for the homeless in East Garfield Park.

“Once again, the generous heart of Notre Dame Parish responds to those in need,” said the Rev. Kevin Hays, pastor of Notre Dame.

Along with “being able to buy needed cooking supplies, donations help to purchase the food,” he said, “more people have expressed a desire to be a volunteer in this important ministry of the church.”

Notre Dame feeds the needy in many ways.

Twice per month, parishioners meet in the church kitchen to cook for hundreds of people under the direction of chef Dan Kopanke and his wife, Cathy Flens. The prepared food goes to Franciscan House, a 257-bed shelter at 2715 W. Harrison St.

Earlier in the year, the church held a Lenten food drive for needy students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which brought in 350 pounds of food for the UIC Pop-Up Pantry that serves students facing food challenges. The drive also collected $1,300 for overseas Catholic Relief Services.

Notre Dame is at 1334 W. Flournoy St. To volunteer or contribute to Notre Dame’s mission of feeding the hungry, call (312) 243-7400 or email

—William S. Bike