A True Winner: Chef Uses Prize Money to Feed the Hungry
When it comes to paying it forward, one Chicago business owner is on top of his game. Quentin Love, owner and chef at the Turkey Chop Grill, and the founder and CEO of the I Love Food Group, has been doling out hot meals for the hungry every Monday since 2014. Love and his volunteers have served up 60,000 meals and counting to the area homeless, inspiring hope in his Chicago neighborhood by shutting down his grill during his busiest time — 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. — to feed those who cannot feed themselves. Love and his Love Foundation bear the brunt of the cost of the weekly meal program, which runs around $2,000 per month. In December 2015, an invitation from Food Network’s reality TV show “Grocery Games” culminated in Love’s winning $36,000, a much-needed cash injection for the organization’s coffers. Love kept half of his winnings to help feed his fellow Chicagoans and donated the other half to the United Services Organization.
When Love opened up shop in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood in 2013, his goal was to make a positive impact in the area. His restaurant serves healthy food options, including the turkey burgers from which the grill takes its name. In addition to the weekly meal program, Love and volunteers also provide Christmas dinner to the less fortunate throughout the neighborhood.
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimates that there are 125,848 homeless people living in Chicago as of 2016. Around 20,205 of them are homeless children. The number of homeless children in the state of Illinois nearly doubled between the 2008-09 and 2014-15 school years. Organizations like Love’s Turkey Chop Grill make a real difference in the lives of the area’s homeless. You can follow Love’s lead and help stop hunger in your local community.