This Chicago Chef Used to Charge $250 a Meal. Now She’s Feeding People in Need for Free

Posted on Aug 6 2020 - 5:00am by UOG

In Mid-March, Ibraheem came up with a free food delivery concept she called Kids with Coworkers, a riff on all the children who were now stuck at home with their parents (i.e. coworkers). Her goal was to cook and deliver “farm-to-fork” meals to needy families across Chicago. Many of the parents she knew in her community were furloughed or laid off from their jobs and were stuck at home tending to children without a safety net for their family.

“I’m living two different lives,” she says. “I feel like I’m in two Americas.”

In late March, as the entire city sheltered in place, she began daily deliveries of freshly made dinners to nine families. Local sponsors learned about the program on social media. One foundation’s executive asked her to write the amount of money she needed to run the program on a napkin, snap a photo of the number and text it over, so the nonprofit could get the money to her quickly. “People started to say: We see what you’re doing. How can we help you?” she says.


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