The heart of 2 Li'l Fishes is helping our neighbors in need, without fanfare, frills or formality. Hard work, sacrifice and focus make the program work. Please enjoy exploring our website and learning how you can become partners with us in fulfilling the motto of 2 Li'l Fishes: Restoring Hope One Plate At A Time.
In the mid-1990s the Peoples Church of Chicago began a meal program as a way to help the growing number of people in need in the Uptown community. It operated with a small budget, one part-time staff person, served meals on three days, and helped about 300-350 Guests each week. The program continued in this way for more than ten years.
In 2006 our current Program Coordinator, Isaac Barrantine, took on running the program. Isaac was inspired by the New Testament miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, when many were fed from little because there was a belief that it could be done and a will to make it so. From this inspiration the 2 Li'l Fishes concept was born.
By 2008, with the backing of the Peoples Church and the generosity of various individuals, organizations and corporations, the meal program was able to support a staff of three, purchase equipment and appliances for food storage and preparation and add a fourth day of meal service. In the summer of 2012, we added two more meal days, so that the 2 Li'l Fishes meal program now serves hot, nutritious lunches, in a safe environment, to over 500 Guests each week.
Still in the same location, the program operates as part of the Preston Bradley Center, the non-profit 501(c)(3) arm of Peoples Church. Your donations are welcome, and fully tax-deductible!