Feed'em is a place that will ground you and remind you of what you have; that the world is full of generally good people.by Rachel Schmit
I have worked many soup kitchens, but this is the first time I have felt this level of satisfaction. The people running it are awesome, the work is hard yet fulfilling, & the atmosphere is wonderful.by Samantha Williams
Pasta BarFriday April 18th and Saturday April 19thAn all you can eat Pasta Bar benefiting Feed'em Soup!Read more
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Unlimited Pasta Bar Friday April 18th & Saturday April 19th 5pm - 8pm 122 South First Street, Downtown DeKalb $10.00 in advance, $12 at the door. Kids 5 and under are free Includes a cash bar by Fatty's silent auction & 50/50 raffle. Print your receipt as your ticket, no paper tickets will be issued.
To empower our community
by serving fresh food
with compassion and respect
in a restaurant quality environment
to anyone - regardless of situation, background or ability to pay -
while strengthening our community
and nourishing hope.
Feed’em Soup (FES) Community Project, a registered 501(c)3, is a meal provider service, in DeKalb, Illinois, in which any person in the community can take advantage of its services regardless of situation, background, or ability to pay. The idea behind FES is a simple but uniquely different one. FES operates like a restaurant, with servers, bussers, and a trained chef, and all meals are cooked with the freshest ingredients possible on the day of the meal. FES prides itself on not only creating delicious cuisine but, also, providing well-balanced, nutritious meals. FES serves dinner every Wednesday, which is open to the public and is always free of charge. However, guests may donate if they are willing and able. In addition to a free community meal, FES also offers an emergency food pantry, a clothing closet, offering disadvantaged residents free attire and basic necessities, and a children’s program designed to promote the importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits. FES is an independent organization that relies on local donors and business sponsors to help achieve its mission. The Past, the Present, and the Future.
FES was founded by a group of enthusiastic twenty-something year-olds in January of 2010. The original group had no knowledge, experience, or education as to how a nonprofit organization operated. Nevertheless, with their passion to help those in need and with the love and support of the DeKalb community, the project flourished. For the first two years, FES served meals only twice a month. However, because of such success, meal service was increased to every Wednesday, beginning in January of 2013. FES hopes to continue its growth by offering more meal services each week in the near future. Furthermore, attendance on meal days has increased by 600 percent since FES first opened its doors, and, on average, FES feeds nearly 300 people at each meal. These numbers will only grow if and when FES increases the frequency of its meal service. In regards to its location, FES is in the heart of downtown DeKalb. Originally, it shared space with The Church in DeKalb, but, in May of 2013, The Church moved into its own building, leaving FES with the entire space. Although FES was happy to make the space its own, many costly renovations followed to bring the building up to code. With help from grants, and from donations from businesses and individuals in the community, FES was able to create a warm, safe, and inviting environment for those in need.
100% of donations help us buy fresh meat and produce, pay essential bills such as rent, water, gas and electric, purchase insurance, licenses, upgrade kitchen equipment, and other needs. For detailed information about our finances, please contact us.
Volunteering is FUN and EASY! Simply sign up for a shift below, arrive on time and ready to work and we'll train you on the spot!
Simply click on a link below to see available shifts for each program!
SPECIAL EVENTS (Click for sign up) : NONE
Tuesdays – Kitchen Prep W/ Chef Moose 10:15am – 2pm. Click here to register!
Wednesdays - Kitchen Prep W/ Chef Moose 10:15am – 2pm. Click here to regsiter!
Wednesdays - Dinner Service Click here to regsiter!
Thursdays - Kitchen Prep W/ Chef Moose 10:15am – 2pm. Click here to regsiter!
Thur, Fri, Sat. AFTER DARK Prep/Cleaning 8pm – 3am Click here to register!
Sunday: Kitchen Deep Clean Day 10am – 3pm. Click here to register!
Financial contributions are accepted online or in person. Cash, Check or Charge/Debit are accepted. All donations help us purchase food and supplies, pay utilities and rent, insurance, licensing and other expenses associated with running a community kitchen.
We are a 501(c)3 organization. All financial contributions are tax deductible.
For the first time in history we have over 1 billion people underweight and over 1 billion people overweight or obese, making diet-related diseases the world’s biggest killer. Every year in the USA, more people die from diet-related diseases than drugs, alcohol and smoking combined. Diabetes is the fastest growing cause of death in low and middle-income countries. Children are not taught to cook and often rely on and processed, frozen, and fast “junk” food as adults. Children today sometimes can’t even recognize everyday fruits and vegetables. Through education and access, we can change the future for the children of our community together, TODAY.
- Wear closed toed shoes. No sandals or flip flops.
- Wear some kind of hair restraint. Anyone with long hair must have their hair pulled back. Almost every job requires you also wear a hat, bandanna, head band or hair net. Please bring once of your own. We do have a few to loan.
- Please no dangly jewelry, especially on your wrists.
- Feed'em Soup T-shirts are NOT required but recommended. They are available for purchase at our building for $12. They can also be purchased in advance at Moxie in DeKalb or Stomp in Sycamore.
- 0%After Dark Fundraiser
- 0%All You Can Eat Fundraisers
Parties typically last 2 hours and are $219.99 (cupcake) and $249.99 (pizza) for up to 15 participants.
Please submit our Party Application to schedule your event!
Main Dining Room: Seats 115 with small stage, PA, and Buffet Line. $75/hour
Lexi's Corner: Seats 80 $25/hour
Coffee Bar: Seats 60 with coffee bar and vintage arcade games $50/hour
Please submit our Rental Application to schedule your event!
DeKalb Illinois 60115 USA
Wednesday 10am - 8pm | Thursday & Friday 10am - 3am
Sat 9pm - 3am | Sunday 10am - 3pm