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Several Jenner & Block attorneys and Summer Associates recently helped the needy at the Jewish United Fund’s Uptown Café, a unique anti-hunger program that serves kosher meals to the poor, Jews and non-Jews alike, in a restaurant-like setting. The Jenner & Block volunteers served food and conversed with the café’s guests, many of whom might otherwise live in social isolation.
“The Cafe offers a rare mix of dignity, hope and personal service to people in need, along with the sustenance they require,” said Partner Debbie L. Berman, who is a member of the Jewish United Fund’s (JUF) Board of Directors.
According to the JUF, an additional benefit of the personal attention to the café’s guests is that new visitors to the restaurant are asked to go through an intake process, where the JUF collects information about a needy person’s situation. This information is then used to connect the client with additional vital social services.
The JUF Uptown Café, located on West Wilson Avenue in Chicago, estimates it has served over 16,000 meals since it opened its doors in 1998.