Originally founded as Feed Chicago at the height of the pandemic, our objective was to restore jobs to furloughed and laid off food service workers, and supply meals to those in need. We set out to serve members of our community and lend a helping hand during a time of uncertainty. With the help of community members and partners, Feed Chicago provided meals for frontline workers, first responders, and families experiencing food insecurity in the Chicagoland area.
Over the span of 8 months, Feed Chicago supplied over 22,000 meals and raised over $200,000 in proceeds to aid Chicago restaurants in returning hundreds of employees back to work. While Feed Chicago started out as an initiative to ease the impact of the pandemic, we realized there was a greater need for long-lasting, sustainable programs that offer continual support to our community.
In 2021 we restructured our program and evolved into Prosper Chicago, a new, innovative mobile ordering resource focused on removing barriers surrounding food assistance programs and cyclical community investment. Through the texting platform provided by our tech partners at Bento, Prosper is able to provide prepaid meals to those in need using our vast network of local, independent restaurants. In return, the restaurants gain revenue from each order placed by participants and continue to serve their communities. With the help of our partners and dedicated board members, Prosper has been able to expand our program to more schools and organizations across Chicago. When we work together, we grow together.