Co-founders Chris and Sheila Kennedy have been passionate advocates for the promotion of healthy food accessibility for more than two decades. Top Box Foods is a non-profit organization with a simple purpose: to offer delicious, nutritious, high-quality foods at affordable prices, particularly to people living in areas with limited access to healthy eating options. By partnering with neighborhood churches, community centers, Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Housing Authority, the Housing Authority of Cook County and more, Top Box Foods is able to reach a critical mass of people in need of cost-effective healthy eating options and their foods are an average of 40% off of the cost of grocery store equivalents. Top Box Foods offerings include boxes of farm fresh vegetables and fruits, USDA Choice meats, poultry, and fish, pre-made low-calorie frozen dinners,and all the fixings for well rounded meals. A greater focus on balanced nutrition reduces the obesity and diabetes related illnesses that plague low income neighborhoods. Healthier people make stronger communities. One forkful at a time, Top Box Foods is making a difference.
Helping people in need for more than 97 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest, with 153 programs at 161 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties. Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities. Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help. In fiscal year 2014, more than 1.1. million people received support from Catholic Charities on their path to self-sufficiency. This included nearly 70,000 people receiving a nutritious, warm meal at our evening supper programs; 171,298 mothers and children receiving nutritious groceries and a wide range of services to stay healthy at our Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Food & Nutrition Centers; 2,428 seniors receiving nutritious meals delivered to their homes; and a network of 9 food pantries providing food to 203,000 people.
The Festival operates through the generosity of many people – musicians who share their talents, our all-volunteer staff who donate their time, Chicago’s most loved jazz venues that donate their space, and leading Chicago institutions that donate tickets and other services—that all come together to raise funds for hunger relief in Chicago. We ask that you consider supporting hunger relief also by attending any or all of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival performances! Your donations and the funds raised help feed the needy in Chicago through the works of Catholic Charities, Care for Real, Top Box Foods and West
Hey Chi-Town Jazz Festival Fans,
Great News!! Dates for the 6th Annual 2015 Chi-Town Jazz Festival are now booked.
Check back here for details and for interviews with the musicians and clubs who so generously donate their time and talent. The Chi-Town Jazz Festival plays to support hunger relief in the Chicago area.
Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities and other ways you can help this great cause!
The 2015 Chi-Town Jazz Festival Committee