Neighbors Together feeds our neighbors and supports local businesses.
Backed by HPNC, Neighbors Together unites locally-led initiatives to send restaurant meals to frontline healthcare providers and food gift cards to families in need.
Help healthcare workers and Hyde Park area families while supporting locally-owned restaurants and grocers.
Kenwood Food Project
From March 2020 to December 2021, the Kenwood Food Project raised nearly $20,000 to combat food insecurity on the South Side! Restaurant gift cards are distributed by Kenwood Academy Counseling, Bret Harte School and volunteers with the Hyde Park Refugee Project to families in need. Sponsoring restaurants add funds to each gift card.
In spring of 2020, in the face of restaurant closures and surges in hospitalizations, the Feeding Frontliners initiative stepped up as a source of hope and inspiration during the most troubling days of the pandemic. Kate Oakes and Susan Alitto reached out to neighbors, family, and friends who responded by raising over $5,000 for meals. Large catering orders to local restaurants were a lifeline when their doors were closed and a thoughtful meal brought smiles to the faces of exhausted hospital workers experiencing firsthand the worst effects of Covid-19.
As of June 2021, now that restaurants are no longer facing occupancy restrictions and hospitalization rates are thankfully dropping steadily, the time for Feeding Frontliners has come to an end. After a year of collective action, more than 500 hospital workers enjoyed a meal to sustain their work and our local restaurants received over $5,000 in much needed funds. Thanks to Susan and Kate for their vision and work to respond to a pressing community need. Thanks also to our community and donors for sharing that vision and supporting their efforts. The story of the pandemic is one of tragic loss, but also of neighborly action to take care of each other in response to this crisis.