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Supporting Entrepreneurs and the West Side Community with Hatch-Made Meals

Hatch-Made Meals is a new grant-funded program led by The Hatchery Chicago that contracts local food entrepreneurs to provide free chef-crafted meals to people on the West Side.

The program has three goals:

  1. Provide a stable source of nutritious, locally-crafted food to West Side Chicagoans experiencing food insecurity.
  2. Establish a sustainable revenue stream for local food entrepreneurs.
  3. Create accessible career opportunities for culinary jobseekers.

If you have received a Hatch-Made Meal, we would appreciate your feedback on the food and your menu requests for future meals. Share your thoughts here.

How does the program work?

Dedicated kitchen space: The Hatchery Chicago has dedicated a private kitchen in our food incubation facility to the Hatch-Made Meals program. Participating entrepreneurs can use this kitchen free of charge.

Paid work for food entrepreneurs: Hatchery entrepreneurs apply to participate in the program. Hatch-Made Meals contracts selected entrepreneurs to cater meals for donations each week. These contracts will allow them to hire or retain staff and keep growing their business.

Community access to chef-crafted meals: Once entrepreneurs prepare the meals at The Hatchery, nonprofit partners in Garfield Park, Austin, Lawndale, and West Humboldt Park help distribute them to community members.

Where do the meals go?

The Hatchery has partnered with five nonprofit organizations across the West Side to distribute Hatch-Made Meals:

  • Austin Coming Together
  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries
  • Harmony Community Cares
  • La Casa Norte
  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Meals will also be distributed weekly from The Hatchery in 2021. Please contact the program team for a current schedule of public meal distribution dates.

Sponsors Include:

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Projected Impact:


Meals distributed in Year One


Revenue generated for entrepreneurs


Food Donation Days


West Side Neighborhoods Served

Have you received a Hatch-Made Meal? Let us know what you thought of the food!

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