Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation
4345 West Division Street
Chicago, IL  60651-1714
(773) 252-3663
(773) 252-9913
Executive Director:
Mr. Daniel T Gibbons

Founded in March of 1990 by Beverly D. Decker, Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation began its operations out of a Catholic Charities building located at 2380 S. Halsted, on Chicagos south side. CAHF was then supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to a network of more than 125 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. In two short years of operating, CAHF became solvent and was now looking to expand its scope of service. In 1994 the organization implemented certified training in safe food handling and sanitation for member agency staff and volunteers. In 1997 CAHF moved to its current facility located at 4345 W. Division on Chicagos Westside. 1999 saw the opening of Olivers Kitchen, an innovative culinary job training institute. The Oliver's Kitchen program incorporates a holistic approach designed to promote self-sufficiency through job training and Job Placement. Today, CAHF operates on an annual budget of 2 million dollars, with 90 percent going directly for food and related services. CAHF distributes 3 million lbs. of food annually, serving over 150,000 people monthly or 50,000 unduplicated persons per month, providing fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and other food staples to 175 member agencies consisting of food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters. Our programs strive to address the degenerating affects of poverty, hunger and homelessness in Chicago. This not only provides the foundation to rebuild people lives but also offers much needed support, counseling and employment training many individuals need to regain self-sufficiency.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation is to alleviate hunger in metropolitan Chicago through the distribution of high quality food; education; advocacy; culinary arts and other employment training.

Current Program:
Emergency Food Distribution Program provides food to low-income economically disadvantaged persons through our 175 member agencies CAHF consistently distributes grade A fresh fruits and vegetables on a large scale. The effectiveness of the food distribution program is gauged by our ability to provide a sufficient amount of food and healthy assortment of foods to meet the needs of our member agencies, presented by the number of hungry individuals and families they take on. We also have the Oliver's Kitchen Program. The Oliver's Kitchen program is an innovative holistic extension of CAHF services designed to promote self-sufficiency. This is done by combining job training, education, mentoring, life skills, counseling and job placement assistance. The Oliver's Kitchen program adopts the principles of self-sufficiency to mean: people having adaptable marketable skills allowing for new job opportunities, having living wage jobs, and living in safe affordable permanent housing, family stability and people who have support networks to turn to. Oliver's Kitchen provides a valuable vehicle for our constituency to obtain and sustain the foundation of self-sufficiency.

Grants Since 2007:
YearProgram AreaAmount
2009Basic Human Needs$100,000.00
2008Basic Human Needs$50,000.00
2007*Basic Human Needs$30,000.00

* Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust