Dinner Menu
Chef's Buffet
Several entrees and sides are offered each Wednesday
Salad Bar
Varities include mixed greens salad, fruit salad, cottage cheese, yogurt and more
Soup Of The Day
We offer a selection of soups made fresh in our kitchen each Wednesday
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Wednesday Dinner Service

Our community kitchen is open every Wednesday from 5pm – 7pm. We operate on a “donate-what-you-can” basis. Most of our guests eat for free. Some guests donate a dollar or two and others are able to leave a donation large enough to cover the food cost for multiple tables. ALL are welcome. Our community kitchen is open every Monday and Wednesday from 5pm – 7pm and Thursday and Friday from 11:30am – 1:30pm. We operate on a “donate-what-you-can” basis. Most of our guests eat for free. Some guests donate a dollar or two and others are able to leave a donation large enough to cover the food cost for multiple tables. ALL are welcome. Our menu features a variety of dinner options, including fresh salad featuring 8 different greens, and fresh soup! We feature a "living" menu that changes based on the availability of fresh ingredients and when we get the inspiration for new dishes! We make every effort to serve locally grown, organic, pesticide free produce and make each dish from scratch to provide the highest quality possible. We might seem like a soup kitchen, but you’ll leave thinking we’re a restaurant!

While our mission is to feed those in need, it’s those that dine with us that are able to leave a donation of $5 - $10 per person that keep the lights on, doors open and food hot! Not able to leave a donation? You’re just as welcome to dine with us. Bring your family and meet ours! Don't forget to do some family bonding by enjoying one of our 10 vintage arcade machines featuring your favorites - all absolutely free!

Fairdale Pasta Bar Benefit!
  • 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
Who we are?
The idea behind FES is a simple but uniquely different one. FES operates like a buffet style restaurant 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. Over the last 5 years, FES has grown from 2 meals per month to 4 meals each week, (Monday and Wednesday 5pm – 7pm, Thursday and Friday 11:30a – 1:30p) 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 a pop-up food pantry providing fresh produce and breads at various times throughout the week. FES is an independent organization that relies on local donors and business sponsors to help achieve its mission, though the majority of Feed'em Soup's budget is raised through it's catering services, concessions, arcade rentals and other avenues of income.

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 400 free plates weekly. These numbers will only grow if and when FES increases the frequency of its meal service! In April of 2015, Feed'em Soup relocated to a beautiful restaurant space a block away from it's original location. If you haven't yet, come check out the new location - 251 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb!
Executive Director
Kitchen Manager
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Vice President
Board Member
Noelle Stanbery
Office Manager
Gary Rogers
Pop-Up Pantry
Kris Groff
Clothing Closet Manager
Chrissy Strathman
Food Donation Coordinator
    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. Checks may be mailed to Feed'em Soup, 251 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb IL 60115

    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.
Volunteer F.A.Q

Where do I park?

We are located right next to the Embree Lot (Dekalb Public Lot 2). On Wednesdays or for large fundraisers after 4pm please avoid parking in this lot so that we can save as many spaces as possible for our guests who might not be able to walk long distances. There is another public lot half a block south on 2nd street across the train tracks. That is the perfect place to park. If you are volunteering for After Dark or are a dinner guest, DeKalb Public Lot 2 is the best place to park.

What do I wear?

Volunteers must:

- 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.

What jobs will be I assigned?

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. By volunteering, you may be assigned tasks from prepping fresh veggies or raw meats in our kitchen, baking, mixing, or cooking other items. Cleaning is also very important. Volunteers may be assigned tasks such as dishes, sweeping, mopping, wiping down tables, setting tables, taking out trash etc. During dinner service, volunteers wait tables, fill beverages, serve soups, salads and desserts, plate food and deliver it to tables.

Can children volunteer?

Maybe. Not every job is kid friendly. We do offer several kid friendly jobs during our Wednesday night dinner service including busing tables. Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult and will often be assigned a position assisting their parent or guardian. Children over the age of 12 may have limited tasks assigned independently. All kitchen jobs require volunteers be 15 or older.
Sources of Funding 2015
  • 12%Donations
  • 28%Grants
  • 38%Catering
  • 14%Fundraisers
  • 8%Sponsors
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Fraternity/Sorority Meal Plans

We are a fully insured caterer and offer a meal plan for NIU Fraternities and sororities that is affordable, fun, and fresh! from your favorite deep fried college favorites, to gourmet pastas, mexican, cajun, soups, salads - the possibilities are endless! We are able to provide delivered meals for lunch and dinner for as little as $4.75 per person, per meal! We also offer free dessert with all meal plan dinners! Contact us today for a sample!


Whether on location or in one of our 2 dining spaces, we've got a variety of items aimed to please! From classics like pasta bars, and taco bars to full plated dinners, we're sure be a hit at your next event! Please view our menus for more information on pricing and services offered. Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions or special requests! We also offer discounts for non-profit and school events!

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Get in touch
Our Addresss
Address: 251 East Lincoln Highway, Downtown DeKalb
DeKalb Illinois 60115 USA
Tel: +1-815-310-0903

Email: info@feedemsoup.org
Office Hours
Monday & Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday 10am - 8pm | Thursday & Friday 10am - 2pm
Sat CLOSED | Sunday 10am - 3pm

©2014 Feed'em Soup Community Project, NFP
100% of all proceeds raised through catering and events advertised on this page (unless otherwise noted)
benefit Feed'em Soup Community Project, a registered 501(c)(3) Non-profit.