Food Resources Available for Chicagoans

June 12, 2020

 

 

If your local food retailer has been damaged by the recent events in the City of Chicago and temporarily closed, see what alternate solutions are available.

 

 

Need Groceries?

Find which grocery stores are OPEN on the City of Chicago’s interactive map.

Use the Greater Chicago Food Depository's online map to find a nearby partner agency, which provides pre-packaged boxes of groceries for anyone in need.

Find fresh produce at local farmers markets. Many markets double the value of LINK card purchases.

Online ordering through Amazon and Walmart is now available for SNAP (Link Card) users. Please see the “Use Your Link Card to Order Groceries Online” section below for more information.

 

See if you qualify for SNAP Benefits

If you would like to find out if you qualify for SNAP, you can do it in 10 simple questions that take less than 3 minutes to answer with mRelief. You can do so by visiting www.mRelief.com

 

Under 18

Find a CPS Meal Site, where you can pick up three days' worth of breakfast & lunch for every child in your home. Check the map before you go, as locations and pickup times may change daily. 

Find a Summer Meals Site at a neighborhood, park or community center near you. You can also call (800) 359-2163 or text FoodIL to 877877 for more information.

 

Adults 60+

Contact the Department of Family and Support Services’ call center at 312-744-4016 (Monday through Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for information on food resources including the Meals on Wheels Program.  Meals on Wheels is a weekly meal delivery program that provides six meals to the home of older adults. Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) senior residents 60 and over can also contact CHA’s emergency services.

 

Women, Infants, & Children

WIC (Women, Infants, Children) offers nutrition assistance to eligible pregnant and post-partum women and children to the age of five. Some locations even offer phone service and curbside pickup. For WIC assistance, contact the Chicago Department of Public Health at 312-747-9140.

 

People Living with Disabilities (18-59)

Contact the Mayor’s Office of Peoples with Disabilities at 312-746-5773 (Monday through Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for access to home delivered meals as needed.

 

Community Organizations

Community organizations across the city are stepping up in additional ways to support individuals and businesses. Please also look to additional community-based resources that may be available in your neighborhood.

 

Homebound or need additional info?

3-1-1 can assist with the nearest food pantry locations or emergency food giveaways associated with COVID-19 and other emergency situations. Have additional questions or other access issues? Go to 311.chicago.gov, download CHI311 mobile app or call 3-1-1 to submit a request.

 

Looking for information on how to use your Link Card to order groceries online?

As of June 3rd, 2020, in Illinois, you can only use your Link benefits to order groceries online from Amazon or Walmart. You do not need a credit card to order groceries with your Link card.

  • Amazon offers shipping to your door with purchases greater than $35. Unfortunately, Link benefits cannot be used for shipping costs on orders less than $35
    • Go to amazon.com/snap-ebt for further information
  • Walmart only offers store pickup
    • During checkout, select “EBT Card” as payment method

 

Looking for resources on medicine and pharmacies?

For prescription needs and a list of available pharmacies, visit Chicago Health Department's webpage for further information.

 

Baby care item distribution

Distribution will begin the week of June 22nd through the following community partners:

  • Sabina

1210 W 78th Place

Open to the public for pick up:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday - 8:30am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 3pm; Wednesday - 8:30am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 5:30pm. 

  • New Moms

5317 W. Chicago Ave 

Open to the public for pick up:

Tuesdays 11:00-1:30

Contact: 773.252.3253

  • Austin Childcare Providers Network

5714 W. Division

Open to the public for pick up:

TBD

Contact: 773-379-7627 or Cassandra Johnson acpncontact5714@gmail.com

  • Sinai Community Institute

2653 W. Ogden

Open to the public for pick up:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-12pm

  • Instituto del Progresso

2520 S. Western Ave 

Open to the public for pick up:

Thursdays 9am – 1pm

  • South Shore Works

1735 e 71st 

Open to the public for pick up:

Wednesdays

  • Grace and Peace Church

1856 N. LeClaire Ave.

Open to the public for pick up:

Monday Tues, Thurs Friday, 9AM-3PM; Wednesday 9-5pm

  • Metropolitan Family Services

235 East 103rd Street

Open to COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS only:

Fridays 10-1pm

Contact SantiagoA@metrofamily.org or 773-371-3606.

 

 

If you would like to make a donation of unopened diapers, wipes or formula to support families, please deliver or send to:

 

Share Our Spare

935 W Chestnut Avenue LL3

Chicago IL, 60642

 

Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You can also donate online to Share Our Spare to help purchase the supplies needed

 

 

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