Jessica Romanowski is a Multiplying Good One in a Million Award recipient. She’s among the millions of people who are putting others first and using service as a solution to the problems we're facing. Read her story below then nominate someone who's making a difference during this unprecedented time!
One in a Million Award recipient: Jessica Romanowski, Founder of Care Kitchen Chicago
Where she multiplying good: Chicago, Illinois
How she multiplying good: She is One in a Million. Bartender, cook and farmer, Jessica Romanowski, has been feeding fellow Chicagoans who are experiencing food insecurities with thoughtfully made meals prepared by Jessica, herself via the newly founded Care Kitchen Chicago. With the help of friends, family, folks in the hospitality industry, and neighbors she has given away over 500 meals in the last 5 weeks. Her neighbor helps by printing the inserts that go into the meal care packages. She hopes that she is able to ease troubled hearts and minds. Talk about an empowered super human and a village! Her project started shortly after The Hideout Inn, where she tends bar, closed due to the pandemic. She started a GoFundMe page and between GoFundMe and personal donations people have donated over $13,000. All the money goes toward buying raw ingredients, packaging the food, supplies and fees. The focus is to get food out to people who are stressed about their next meal. Not only have people been generous monetarily, donations have come in space and ingredients so that the cooking can happen effectively. The food incubator, Hatchery Chicago has offered discounted kitchen space and other organizations like Windy City Harvest, ERIS Brewery & Cider House, Local Foods, & Soup & Bread Chicago have helped support care package creation and Care Kitchen Chicago!