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ChiFresh Kitchen

ChiFresh Kitchen ChiFresh is Chicago's local, Black-owned food service contractor. Our meals are freshly cooked, tail

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We are so grateful for our village for supporting us to get this far. #GroundBreakingCeremony
12/13/2021

We are so grateful for our village for supporting us to get this far. #GroundBreakingCeremony

On this #GivingTuesday, support ChiFresh and our cooperative partners to provide delicious, hot, nutritious meals to com...
12/01/2021
Donate – ChiMeals

On this #GivingTuesday, support ChiFresh and our cooperative partners to provide delicious, hot, nutritious meals to community members facing food insecurity.

Your donation helps to build a just food ecosystem in Chicago, from supporting urban farms, to offering living wages and cooperative ownership for food workers, to building food sovereignty for south and west siders.

https://chimeals.org/donate

Help Us Feed Our Neighbors 100% of donated funds goes toward meals for Chicagoans facing food insecurity. Our delicious, filling, nutritious meals cost an average of $6 each. If you donate $60 dollars, your are supporting 10 meals for individuals in need. Each meal is made by worker-owners in local...

Good morning Chicago families! Do your kids go to a private school that doesn't offer a meal program? Are you struggling...
11/10/2021

Good morning Chicago families!

Do your kids go to a private school that doesn't offer a meal program? Are you struggling to put together a lunch each morning?

We can help! We partner with private & parochial schools that don't currently have a meal program to provide affordable, delicious, nutritious daily meals that families can order directly. 😋

It's easy for both the school and the parents! Reach out at [email protected] for more information!

To our ChiFresh village - This week is officially the one-year anniversary of our first meals! 💪🎉Thank you for all you h...
05/13/2021
Food Co-Ops Team Up To Feed More Families In Need On South, West Sides: 'We'll Be Stronger Together'

To our ChiFresh village -

This week is officially the one-year anniversary of our first meals! 💪🎉Thank you for all you have done to support us to thrive in our first year.

Since launching, we've made more than 65,000 meals. We delivered to 20+ clients and partner sites. We bought a new building to expand into! And we're just getting started...

In celebration, we've launched a collaborative with two fellow worker cooperatives - Cocina Compartida de Trabajadores Cooperativistas and Cooperativa Visionarias - to build food sovereignty and security on the south and west sides of Chicago. We would love your support - even the smallest amount helps - to continue to provide food to our neighbors in solidarity with their struggle.

Donate here: https://chimeals.org/donate/

Thank you all for how you've lifted us up.

Urban Growers Collective, Chicago Food Policy Action Council, American Heart Association The Workers Lab, Grow Greater Englewood, Chicago Region Food System Fund, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corp, The Montessori School of Englewood, Instituto del Progreso Latino, Academy for Global Citizenship, Boxville, BYP 100, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, UIC John Marshall Law School, Shared Capital Cooperative, Chicago Community and Workers' Rights, The Chicago Community Trust, Capital Impact Partners, National Cooperative Bank, E. G. Woode, baso, Ltd., La Casa Norte, YMCA of Metro Chicago, Momentum Coffee and Coworking, Family Legacy Foundation, The Women's Justice Institute - WJI, The Kola Nut Collaborative, City Fresh Foods, Pamoja Experience, Margot & Thomas Pritzker Family Foundation, and many others!

Three co-ops have formed ChiMeals, a collective dedicated to supporting Chicagoans experiencing food insecurity.

We want to thank the whole team at NBA on TNT for giving us this incredible platform. Candace Parker, Shaquille O' Neal,...
03/03/2021
Flash It Forward: ChiFresh Kitchen | NBA on TNT Tuesday

We want to thank the whole team at NBA on TNT for giving us this incredible platform. Candace Parker, Shaquille O' Neal, Adam Lefkoe, and especially Dwayne Wade who shared why our work is personal to him. The folks behind the scenes, too, for all your support.

Candace, we can't wait to host you back in ChiTown!

For anyone looking for ways to support, we have a GoFundMe to help us continue to bring free meals to our community, and we would love to know of any nonprofits, schools, or nursing homes you know that need DELICIOUS food to serve, or any foundations that might be interested in supporting our work.

This week's episode of Flash It Forward highlights ChiFresh Kitchen, a Black-owned business based out of Chicago that serves healthy meals to underserved com...

03/03/2021

UPDATE! It will air postgame after the second game. Come see us!

03/02/2021

Y'all we're going to be on NBA on TNT tonight! Tune in around 8pm CT to see worker-owner Sarah Stadtfeld represent!

We bought a building today! We are so grateful for everyone who supported us to get this far. Our partners, lenders, rea...
12/11/2020

We bought a building today! We are so grateful for everyone who supported us to get this far. Our partners, lenders, real estate consulting team, donors, clients, vendors, friends, family. It takes a village and we have the best village. We are excited for this next phase. Greater Grand Crossing- here we come!

12/04/2020

As of today, we are officially a certified minority and woman owned business!

In these difficult times, it's important to make sure our village has access to delicious food on Thanksgiving. Thank yo...
11/27/2020

In these difficult times, it's important to make sure our village has access to delicious food on Thanksgiving.

Thank you to I Grow Chicago and MacArthur Foundation for partnering with us to serve 1,000+ people with turkey, mac n' cheese, dressing, mashed potatoes, greens, sweet potatoes and cornbread this holiday.

We are grateful for everyone who has supported us, partnered with us, enjoyed our food. You all are beautiful and we love you.

Thank you WGN TV for lifting up our story and our partners at Urban Growers Collective and Chicago Food Policy Action Co...
11/11/2020
Formerly incarcerated women create local commercial kitchen cooperative

Thank you WGN TV for lifting up our story and our partners at Urban Growers Collective and Chicago Food Policy Action Council!

CHICAGO — Looking for a fresh start, four formerly incarcerated women sought out their passion and started a business that would intersect passion and community. ‘ChiFresh Kitchen’ did …

Thank you American Heart Association for investing in our work to bring health, wealth, and equity to the south and west...
10/27/2020
4 West, South side groups win new round of American Heart Association’s social impact grants

Thank you American Heart Association for investing in our work to bring health, wealth, and equity to the south and west sides of the city!

And thank you The Chicago Sun-Times and Maudlyne Ihejirika for the great article!

A cooperative food service contractor owned and operated by formerly incarcerated individuals, and a nonprofit training low-income adults and returning citizens for manufacturing jobs, are among the groups awarded second-round grants from the year-old Social Impact Fund.

09/04/2020

Did you all catch ChiFresh member Daniel McWilliams live on Fox 32 Chicago today?

Get your Sunday print edition of the Chicago Tribune!
08/30/2020

Get your Sunday print edition of the Chicago Tribune!

Thank you to Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz and the Chicago Tribune for lifting up our story and others who are working to allevia...
08/28/2020
As the need for food aid soars, small Chicago grassroots efforts are stepping up. ‘When it was a difficult moment, we made a difference.’

Thank you to Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz and the Chicago Tribune for lifting up our story and others who are working to alleviate food insecurity during COVID19.

"ChiFresh Kitchen, run by five formerly incarcerated Chicagoans, is among dozens of small grassroots initiatives that have stepped up to tackle surging food insecurity. The efforts are marshaling people and resources that sometimes go overlooked, with a spirit of collaboration and long-term vision that seeks to leave battered communities stronger than they were before."

As food insecurity soars, dozens of small, grassroots initiatives have stepped up to tackle surging food insecurity in Chicago.

HI,Everyone  it’s been awhile hasn’t it. But Today we added a lil twist to our menu our goal is to satisfy and serve our...
08/28/2020

HI,

Everyone it’s been awhile hasn’t it. But Today we added a lil twist to our menu our goal is to satisfy and serve our community.So today At Chi-Fresh we served veggie bowls freshly cooked potatoes,with sautéed bell peppers and onions tops with our cherry tomatoes and shredded cheese mmmh sounds good.😊 Also, we from Chi fresh would like to Thank our partners at UGC FOR there freshly grown Produce.You all have a tremendous Friday😊

Today’s meal is our famous “ChiFresh Rice Bowl” house made crema and lots of veggies!!!  UGC provided us with the beauti...
08/17/2020

Today’s meal is our famous “ChiFresh Rice Bowl” house made crema and lots of veggies!!! UGC provided us with the beautiful Swiss chard. We continue to serve our community which is both an honor and a privilege!!!

#ThatsChiFresh

08/10/2020
THANK YOU BOOSTING BLACK BUSINESSES!

Thank you Boosting Black Business for your incredible support! The $20,000 you helped us raise is critical growth capital we need to bring our business to the next level!

We have so much gratitude for everyone who supported us through this campaign and especially Tosha WIlson for her vision and dedication!

We can't begin to express how proud and excited we are for our partners at Urban Growers Collective and Greater Auburn-G...
08/08/2020
Auburn Gresham group selected for $10 million prize for plan to address roots of crime and disenfranchisement

We can't begin to express how proud and excited we are for our partners at Urban Growers Collective and Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corp for this momentous win. As a new organization fighting for equity and justice in our food system, ChiFresh stands on the foundation that these organizations have been building for years. Congratulations and thank you.

The $52.8 million plan, “Always Growing, Auburn Gresham,” on Thursday was awarded $10 million by the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, securing the first Chicago Prize.

HI, Everyone today we are serving  Tender and Juicy Buffalo Chicken strips with a side salad topped with our special cro...
07/31/2020

HI, Everyone today we are serving Tender and Juicy Buffalo Chicken strips with a side salad topped with our special croutons And we would like to thank our friends From UGC Urban-growers Collective🙂. Have a wonderful day and stay safe #Chi-Fresh

ChiFresh special burrito bowls with Urban Growers Collective greens. Mmmmm. Thank you Chicago Region Food System Fund fo...
07/29/2020

ChiFresh special burrito bowls with Urban Growers Collective greens. Mmmmm. Thank you Chicago Region Food System Fund for allowing us to alleviate food insecurity with the nutritious, delicious food our communities deserve.

Hi, Everyone today we are serving Beef tacos with Spanish rice and a side salad thanking our friends from UGC urban grow...
07/28/2020

Hi, Everyone today we are serving Beef tacos with Spanish rice and a side salad thanking our friends from UGC urban growers collective.You all have a wonderful day Happy Taco Tuesday😁 #ChiFresh

Hi, Everyone today we are serving  Chicken Stir Fry with Fresh Veggies over white rice with an Asian ChiFresh salad feat...
07/22/2020

Hi, Everyone today we are serving Chicken Stir Fry with Fresh Veggies over white rice with an Asian ChiFresh salad featuring Garden Fresh Kale, Mandarin Orange and LoMein Noodles Have a wonderful and blessed day #Chi-Fresh❤️
Thanks UGC

Hi, Everyone Today on the menu we have  Creamy Albacore Tuna accompanied by UGC fresh picked Kale garnished with Fresh T...
07/20/2020

Hi, Everyone Today on the menu we have Creamy Albacore Tuna accompanied by UGC fresh picked Kale garnished with Fresh Tomatoes...
NOW THATS #ChiFresh

Hi, Everyone today we have Pasta   Topped with Chicken Breast  and a Chi fresh side Salad.I hope you all enjoy your day....
07/17/2020

Hi, Everyone today we have Pasta Topped with Chicken Breast and a Chi fresh side Salad.I hope you all enjoy your day. Have a wonderful Friday.😊#Chi-Fresh and also a special thanks To Urban Growers Collective❤️

Hey every one Making homemade pizzas  with the team loving the energy. Have a wonderful day #Chi-Fresh
07/16/2020

Hey every one Making homemade pizzas with the team loving the energy. Have a wonderful day #Chi-Fresh

Today’s   Chi-Fresh Dish we have mouth watering Baked Chicken with our two sides of Collard greens and Mashed Potatoes E...
07/09/2020

Today’s Chi-Fresh Dish we have mouth watering Baked Chicken with our two sides of Collard greens and Mashed Potatoes Enjoy your day .😁 Chi-Fresh💪🏽

Thanks Urban Growers Collective!

We have quesadillas, side salad and refried beans today I hope you all enjoy it Have a blessed DAY#CHI-Fresh💪🏽💪🏽 Urban ...
07/06/2020

We have quesadillas, side salad and refried beans today I hope you all enjoy it Have a blessed DAY#CHI-Fresh💪🏽💪🏽

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135 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL
60612

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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(773) 595-1044

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It's Innovator Feature Friday! We feature ChiFresh Kitchen, a women and minority-owned workers cooperative serving cooked meals for food-insecure residents in Chicago. ChiFresh Kitchen includes marginalized workers as their primary decision-makers. https://www.chifreshkitchen.com/
Good work ChiFresh Kitchen! #Inspiring https://loom.ly/BUaL6iI
At Chicago Free School we provide delicious lunches with quality ingredients for our students. . . ChiFresh Kitchen is the lunch vendor of choice for us! Follow them on social media to learn more about their services. Thank You ChiFresh Kitchen! #chicagofreeschool #CFS #hydeparkschools #ChiFreshKitchen #qualitylunches #lunchprogram #eatingsmart #allunderstandingbeginswithwonder
The founders of ChiFresh Kitchen never expected their worker-owned, commercial kitchen cooperative would launch early due to a pandemic-fueled demand for quality meals for people coping with food insecurity. They also didn’t foresee that their whirlwind success would cause them to outgrow their space at The Hatchery #Chicago. With the help of a grant from The Chicago Community Trust's Pre-Development Fund, ChiFresh Kitchen has a new home. Learn more: https://www.cct.org/2021/05/fast-growing-food-enterprise-secures-new-home/
"For decades, community-centered organizations have envisioned the restored vibrancy of Black and Latinx spaces. Today, the pathway to an #equitablerecovery starts with elevating the ideas of community residents, mapping assets, co-designing the development pipeline and making a long-term commitment to investment in people and places that have been marginalized in the past." —MPC President MarySue Barrett & VP Kendra Jackson Freeman via Crain's Chicago Business The Endeleo Institute ChiFresh Kitchen #WeRiseTogether
So proud of and happy for our friends at ChiFresh Kitchen!
Amazing things can happen when formerly incarcerated women are encouraged to come together to start a small a business... Check out Chicago's ChiFresh Kitchen! https://nextcity.org/podcast/episode/these-formerly-incarcerated-women-launched-a-worker-owned-business
Wisdom to start your day: “People need to take a risk and start creating the world you want to see. Try it yourself, and see what it feels like to be responsible for the success or failure of something alongside other people — be part of it.” Listen to this episode of the Next City podcast with the creators of ChiFresh Kitchen on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. #podcasts #solutionsjournalism #nonprofitjournalism #supportNextCity
Today's Next City podcast about ChiFresh Kitchen will have you feeling so inspired. In the words of one of the worker-owners: “If I could go back and tell myself when I was just feeling so discouraged, that you know, that to just stay encouraged and to keep pushing on. Because it did, it took a lot of strength. It took a lot of encouraging words from myself and from others to just keep my head above the clouds and push." Join me for the conversation! I learned a lot.
Join us Nov 17 from 12-1 PM for the final webinar in our series on cooperatives and their impact on black communities, featuring Chi Fresh Kitchen. ChiFresh Kitchen is a worker cooperative food service contractor, which is owned and determined by formerly incarcerated Chicagoans, primarily Black women. https://conta.cc/3pKkqAK
"COVID couldn’t stop worker-owned #coops." In this interview on the The Laura Flanders Show, Capital Impact Partners Co-op Innovation Award winner ChiFresh Kitchen and others talk about how, even in the midst of the pandemic, worker ownership provided wealth and security https://lauraflanders.org/2021/09/covid-couldnt-stop-worker-owned-co-ops/ #CoopMonth
Read more about the importance of unrestricted funds & "trusting leaders to make decisions that are best for communities they serve" through our Rapid Response Fund partners ChiFresh Kitchen & Hood Heroes via Chicago Tribune https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-rapid-response-fund-helping-communities-20211012-jkm2hpigs5btxjdeg4zyb7znju-story.html