Wednesday Menu
Grilled Chicken
2 Styles Each Week! Carolina BBQ, Jerk, Buffalo, and more!
$0
Greens Salad
8 different greens and garden fresh veggies
$0
Maple Glazed Ham
With fresh pineapples and marichino cherries!
$0
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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 menu features a variety of dinner options, including fresh salad featuring 8 differnet 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!

Our Weekly Wednesday Dinner and Thursday and Friday Lunch Buffets are open to all. Our mission is to feed those in need, but its 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!

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Testimonals
  • 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?
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.
Derek
Gibbs
Executive Director
Chef
Moose
Chef
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We are 100% independent. We recieve no city, state or government funding. Our organization runs on our own fundraising efforts and contributions from people like you. Pease consider helping us today!
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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.

Todd
Busch
President
Jennifer
Yochem
Secretary
Mike
Blaser
Board Member
Josh
Akers
Board Member
Jim
Hancock
Board Member
Dave
Folowell
Board Member
Natasha
Johnson
Board Member
Walt
Myers
Board Member
Lauren
Stott
Board Member
Support
    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.
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 2014
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  • 0%After Dark Fundraiser
  • 0%All You Can Eat Fundraisers
  • 0%Sponsors
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Lets Party!

Cupcake and Pizza Parties

With our 1800 square-foot kitchen, staff, and professional chef, create an unforgettable occasion. Measure, mix, stir, and even frost your way to a unique event for your friends and their kids as they celebrate any occasion. Contribute to our project as we continue to explore the endless possibilities for expanding our services in the community. 100% of all proceeds help fund our organization. Whether its a birthday party, a team builder, or a family afternoon activity, this event is sure to be fun for the all ages!

Parties typically last 2 hours and are $219.99 (cupcake) and $249.99 (pizza) for up to 15 participants.

Contact Emily at FeedEmSoup.org with questions, or for more information
Please submit our Party Application to schedule your event!

Room Rentals

One of our rooms is perfect for your next event! Whether its a birthday party, private dinner or other 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!

Catering

Whether on location or in one of our 3 dining spaces, we've got a variety of items aimed to please. From classic standby's like Lasagna, Italian Beef and a variety of fruit and veggie trays to trendy "bars" featured in the latest wedding and catering magazines like a Taco and Gauc Bar, a SMORES Bar, or a Ceral Bar, 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!

Contact Emily at FeedEmSoup.org with questions, or for more information
Get in touch
Our Addresss
Address: 122 South First Street, 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.