Inviting all Lake County food and beverage establishments to donate at least 10% of sales to Lake County Meals on Wheels and other food initiatives.

Happening on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
(We encourage the establishments to participate on other dates as well.)

Dine Out Meals In is a program that will help Catholic Charities Lake County:
• Meals on Wheels program
• Food pantries
• Senior congregate meals
• Soup kitchens/community meals
• Emergency Food Assistance programs and the community garden for our Waukegan food pantries
Once we receive the commitment form we will send them a window cling promoting the event to display on their window or door.

How to Sign Up:
Fill out the form Restaurant and Food & Beverage Establishment Sign Up.
A volunteer will contact you with a few more specifics.
We will send you a decal for your door or window stating you are participating.
Restaurant keeps track of their sales on April 10th.
Send check or money to Meals on Wheels, Feed Lake County, 671 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085 by April 25.
You may wish to participate in other dates as well. Please indicater on your sign-up information so we can promote the event.

Click here to download the Restaurant and Food Beverage Establishment Sign Up Sheet!
Sponsor or donate here!
 Why participate

1 in 12 people living in Lake County are food insecure and 13.6% of children living in Illinois are food insecure. Meaning they do not receive proper meals and nutrition.
Dine Out Meals In will help to provide children, seniors, families, veterans, individuals with more nutritional food when they visit our food pantries.
We will be able to expand other food initiatives like our Community Meals and Community garden.
Participating businesses will have their name on the www.feedlakecounty.org website.
Participating businesses will have their name on all social media promoting the event.
PSA (public service announcements) will be promoted on radio and local cable, as well as PR done for print and social media.
Largest donation from the food/beverage establishment in each of the 4 categories wins a banner to display at their restaurant.

Last year

136,841 meals were distributed through Catholic Charities Lake County emergency food pantries and food assistance programs.
122,407 Meals on Wheels were delivered to the homebound.
Over 1,000 people received a nutritious meal at our Community Suppers.
 How you can help
• For Restaurants, Food, Beverage establishments, complete the Restaurant and Food & Beverage Establishment Sign Up document and return by March 31.
• For other types of businesses who want to participate, you can be a sponsor, collect money, or visit your favorite establishment and 10% of your bill (before taxes) will be donated to the Meals on Wheels program in Lake County.
• On April 10th, visit your favorite establishment and 10% of your bill (before taxes) will be donated to the Meals on Wheels program in Lake County.

COVID-19 Services/Response:

Our thanks to the remarkable staff, partners, donors, and volunteers who are helping us meet the needs of those least able to navigate these unprecedented circumstances. We are in your debt.

Service Update:

  • For urgent needs, please call 312-655-7700
  • Meals to go are available at Congregate Meal sites and Senior Centers. Catholic Charities has suspended all senior group activities and adult day care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our home care services continue, and are following a more sophisticated protocol as there are seniors who have no one to drop off groceries and provide basic hygiene assistance.
  • Food pantries and evening meal programs will continue to provide food depending on supplies and safe distribution protocols. Please check under Our Services/Emergency Services for locations and phone numbers.
  • Counseling, case management, and other services that can be provided remotely are being delivered accordingly. Please call your case worker or program contact if you need assistance.

How You Can Help:
Due to COVID-19 exposure risks, we are unable to take donations of clothing or food from individuals or groups at this time.  

  • Please consider a contribution. The need for financial assistance and program support for those who were only just making ends meet will grow significantly with lost wages and other impact from the pandemic.
  • Masks, hand sanitizer, paper towels, or bleach wipes are needed and can be dropped at any Catholic Charities location. 
  • When shopping on Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and choose Catholic Charities so we might benefit from your purchase. 
  • Volunteers needed to pack food at pantries.  If you are not in a high risk category and are willing to help, please email Andrew McKernin at amckernin@catholiccharities.net. Protective gear provided. Health protocols enforced. 
  • Thank the human service workers, first responders, and grocery/gas station/coffee vendors in your life and when you see them in action.

For more information on COVID19, visit the CDC website.