The Oscar winner holds the event each year in honor of her late nephew Julian.
Jennifer Hudson gave back to her hometown of Chicago Wednesday by assisting in a back to school supply giveaway.
Hudson and her sister, Julia King, held the drive for low-income children at a South Side Salvation Army community center.
"They can bring their list, pick and choose what they may need and go from there, " Hudson said.
The charity event, which they call Hatch Day, was held in remembrance of King's son Julian, who was murdered in 2008 along with their mother and brother. This is the third anniversary of the event, which is always hosted on Julian's birthday.
"He was so into education, which is part of why we chose to give back in this way," said Hudson.
The drive provided supplies for up to 5,000 children.