Our Programs


Abundant -Outreach

Abundant-Outreach is a not-for profit charity that extends far beyond the holiday season. It was born out of the need to help others continuously throughout the year.

Abundant Outreach serves various communities, assisted daycare centers and children’s residences by acting as an agent for distribution of food and gifts throughout the year.

Its “Soup Ministry” feeds about 700-1000 people each week in various parishes, not-for-profit care facilities and homeless shelters in the Metro Chicago Area

Abundant -Outreach needs volunteers on TBA for this endeavor. 


Christmas Cheer Foundation

Christmas Cheer Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt foundation consisting of an all-volunteer group that prepares and delivers meals to needy families and seniors within the Chicagoland and suburban area on Christmas Day. In addition, we provide other support projects throughout the year.

When did it begin?

In 1981, a group of volunteers gathered at Good Shepherd Church in Oak Park to provide meals that would be delivered by a friendly face to about 150 homebound people on Christmas morning. These people received Meals on Wheels on regular basis, but due to the holiday, no meal would be available to them that day.

When do all the activities begin?

CCF planning is a year around project of love, with a core group of volunteers. But our major work (when we need our large group of volunteers) starts in early December and continues during the whole month. It culminates on Christmas Day, when we need the most volunteers.

Where does all this take place?

Prior to Christmas Day, CCF works with the cooperation of St. Cyprian Parish, in River Grove, and the Dominican University, in River Forest.

But on Christmas Day, and a week prior to Christmas all activities are located at the Dominican University Priory campus

How many volunteers are needed and what do they do?

On Christmas Day, 500 volunteers are involved in the assembling, preparation, routing, delivering, clean up and all the other necessary activities, in order to complete our labor of love.

Christmas Cheer Foundation
Christmas Cheer Foundation
Christmas Cheer Foundation
Christmas Cheer Foundation

PLMA’s Food Partnership!

The next PLMA Show is November 2023 Rosemont, IL

Private Label Trade Show

For more than 30 years, PLMA’s annual trade show has been the industry event of the year, where retailers and wholesalers source for their private label programs, in Rosemont, at the Stevens Convention Center.

More than 1,300 companies from 35 countries will be exhibiting their products, including 25 international pavilions.

This event includes 650,000 sq. feet of food, snacks and beverages, household and kitchen products, health and beauty items, to name a few. Th products are left at the trade show to be picked up, shrink wrapped and sent to a warehouse, where they will be sorted and distributed, to charities that volunteer to help.

Christmas Cheer Foundation
Christmas Cheer Foundation
Christmas Cheer Foundation
Christmas Cheer Foundation