ABE Application for Benefits Eligibility: Application to determine eligibility for benefits including: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled (AABD) Cash, and healthcare coverage.
Benton House: Provides pre-packaged dry and canned goods through curbside scheduled pick-ups. Each order includes meats, fresh vegetables, bread, juice, dairy, assorted canned and dry goods. The specific items vary each week depending on availablity.
Brave Space Alliance: Offers food pantry deliveries to those facing financial insecurities, with care given especially for immunocompromised individuals, people with disabilities, those quarantined without pay, the elderly, and undocumented and BIPOC individuals and families.
Care for Real: Open to anyone who is in need of food and/or clothing. Clients can visit one of the Care for Real pantries one time per week. A pet food pantry and support services are also available.
Food Distribution Map
Food Stamps or SNAP benefits for college students: Food stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for college students.
Franciscan Outreach: Provides healthy meals, safe shelter and critical services to homeless individuals to empower them to gain the stability they need to transition into permanent housing.
Healthy Hood: HealthyHood Chicago is a non-profit holistic health community organization dedicated to elevating the health and wellness of Black/Brown communities.
Homeless Families and Youth FAQs: Resources for Homeless Families and Youth - FAQs
Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Offers long-term assistance for renters and homeowners and provides information on shelters, food pantries and other resources.
Pilsen Food Pantry: Foods available at the Pilsen Food Pantry include culturally-sensitive perishable and non-perishable foods, and household items like period kits and light bulbs.
St. James Food Pantry: Distributes food on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m. CT.
St. Stans Church Located in the lower level of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church - not too distant from the downtown area of the City of Chicago, this organization serves over 21,000 meals per year to those in need.
St. Vincent de Paul: A list of food pantries across Cook and Lake Counties operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
United Way: Offers long-term assistance ranging from food, housing, and health benefits.
Unity Parenting and Counseling Flexible Housing: Works in partnership with four other homeless youth providers, to provide housing and support services to youth experiencing homelessness who have also had contact with the Cook County Health System, the Juvenile Justice System, or other systems such as IDCFS.
USDA National Hunger Hotline: Open 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. CT. Information is available in English and Spanish at 1.866.348.6479 or 1.877.842.6273. You can also text 1.914.415.6617 with a keyword such as "food," "meals," etc. to receive an automated response to resources located near an address/zip code.
The ARK: The Ark is a safety net for all Jewish Chicagoans who are struggling to make ends meet, offering a variety of services including a food pantry and temporary housing.
The Department of Human Services (DHS): The Department of Human Services (DHS) has several resources for food and financial assistance. 800.843.6154
The Fresh Market: The Fresh Market provides groceries and various supplies to families in East Garfield Park. Residents also receive access to legal aid, food stamps, housing and employment information, financial management, GED certification and family workshops.
The Lincoln Park Community Shelter: Provides interim housing, meals, and a targeted array of social services.
The Love Fridge: Available in neighborhoods around Chicago, these refrigerators, painted by local artists to reflect the communities in which they live, provide neighbors the opportunity to take what they need, ensuring accessible food 24/7.
The Night Ministry: The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of the community struggling with poverty or homelessness.
The Salvation Army: 19 Chicagoland food pantries remain open to provide curbside service. For more information on emergency services, call 773.725.1100 or visit salarmychicago.org/coronavirus.