Community Dinner will be back in January!
Keep an eye on the website and sign on Wright St. for updates on the specific dates the dinner will begin.
We will continue serving meals in to-go boxes this coming semester to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff!
Once we start again, you can join us each Wednesday night, from 5:00pm-6:00pm, on Wright St. outside of the church!
We expect that some people will be grabbing dinner for multiple individuals and may need more than one dinner–that’s okay! We will ask that you do your best to practice social distancing while waiting in line or eating meals.
We recognize that this moment is difficult and feels uncertain. The unfamiliar is daunting and scary. You are in our prayers during this time and we can’t wait until we are able to serve the dinner and sit beside one another again!
Since 2012, UniPlace has operated a community dinner program that feeds over 100 people each week. This meal program, which is operated by students from the University of Illinois, seeks to address not only the issues of hunger insecurity in Champaign, Illinois. But the meal program is completely run by university students who prepare and serve the meals.
In September 2017, UniPlace started a field study program allowing students in certain majors to study the effects of hunger and housing insecurities in our community while also working to connect our dinner guests to different community resources. These students from the University of Illinois also interact with our community dinner guests who often find themselves struggling with hunger and housing insecurities. And starting in September 2018, students from local high schools will have the opportunity to work in our kitchen gaining culinary and workplace skills to prepare them for opportunities after graduation.
UniPlace has served over 10,000 meals to those in the Champaign-Urbana Community since it began. Each community dinner has approximately 100 participants. About 400 students from the University of Illinois volunteer at the UniPlace Community Dinner each year. University of Illinois Community Dinner Partners includes; Alpha Phi Omega (APO), Volunteer Illini Project (VIP), and many other student groups.
Have a business or community organization and like to be a financial sponsor? If so, click here for more information.
To all those who volunteer at the UniPlace Community Dinner and our many University of Illinois student groups, financial sponsors, and education programs, thank you for helping UniPlace feed over 100 people each week!