NFPN Food Delivery Resource Guide

The Northwest Food Partners Network has put together a printable guide listing food delivery services available to community members on Chicago’s Northwest Side during COVID-19.

To learn about more food resources available during COVID-19, check out our COVID-19 Food Resources page.

As a result of COVID-19 and the resultant health risks of going outside, many people across Chicago are grappling with food insecurity. Certain groups are at risk of serious complications due to COVID-19, such as those over the age of 60, immunocompromised individuals, and those with cardiovascular conditions. These people should not be forced to leave the house and put their lives at risk in order to receive food from a food pantry or the grocery store.

The Northwest Food Partners Network has put together a printable guide listing food delivery services available to community members on Chicago’s Northwest Side during COVID-19. This guide is dual sided and bilingual – one side is in Spanish, and the other side is in English.


Last updated 5/5/2020

Greater Chicago Food Depository Pop-Up Pantries

Greater Chicago Food Depository is expanding food access using new food distributions in African American and Latino communities in Chicago that have been devastated by the combination of COVID-19 and food insecurity.

In partnership with seven faith- and community-based organizations – and in collaboration with the City of Chicago – the Food Depository will deliver truckloads of food to pop-up food pantries on Chicago’s South and West Sides. Many of the communities that are hardest hit by the pandemic were already struggling with high rates of poverty and food insecurity. Through this urgent response, the Food Depository aims to build lasting partnerships to strengthen food access in these communities.

Click here to view the locations and schedules of pop-up pantry locations.

You can also view and download an English and Spanish flyer NFPN has created listing the pop-up pantry locations and schedules. These flyers were last updated 5/5/20.


Applying for SNAP During the COVID-19 Crisis

We’ve created a Spanish and English flyer detailing how you can apply for SNAP during COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19, there are resources to help with applications for SNAP benefits over the phone or the web. Click below to view, download, and print our flyer on how to apply for SNAP during COVID-19. The flyer has help in both English and Spanish.

You can quickly check if you qualify for SNAP at apply.mrelief.com/screener.


Here are the contents of the flyer:

As of April 16th, IDHS Family Community Resource Centers (FCRCs) are closed for in-person visits.

You can still apply for SNAP benefits through IDHS by going to abe.illinois.gov or calling (800) 843 6154. Certain community organizations can also help you apply for SNAP over the phone.

Organizations that can Help You Apply for SNAP Benefits

Catholic Charities – Family Stabilization Services Department

  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Phone: (312) 655-7500
  • catholiccharities.net
  • Other Benefits Help: Medicaid, Medicare, financial assistance

Chicago Public Schools – Health and Wellness

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Legal Aid Chicago

  • Languages: English, Spanish
    • Interpreters available for any other language
  • Phone: (312) 341-1070
  • When: Monday – Friday starting at 8am
  • legalaidchicago.org/get-help/
  • Other Benefits Help: Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, TANF

Illinois Department of Human Services

  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Phone: 1 (833) 2-FIND-HELP (1-833-234-6343) or 1-800-843-6154
  • When: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
  • ABE.Illinois.gov

Illinois Hunger Coalition

  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Phone: 1 (800) 359-2163
  • When: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • www.ilhunger.org
  • Can help with SNAP application denials
  • Other Benefits Help: WIC, LIHEAP, child care, housing assistance, senior nutrition and help, Meals on Wheels

You can quickly check if you qualify for SNAP at apply.mrelief.com/screener.

Other Important SNAP Updates:

  • If your SNAP benefits were scheduled to be recertified in March, April, or May, you are automatically receiving a six (6) month extension. You will not have to recertify until September, October, or November.
  • Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) are exempt from work requirements until the month following the end of the federally declared emergency. Working is not required to keep SNAP benefits.
  • If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP benefit for your household size, you will get a supplemental SNAP benefit for April and May.
  • Pandemic EBT will be paid to families with school-aged children in April and May, regardless of immigration status. Families on SNAP will receive this money automatically. Others should submit an application through abe.illinois.gov.

For more details and SNAP updates, go to link.nfpnchicago.org/covid-19-snap

Can’t find assistance? We might be able to help. link.nfpnchicago.org/assistance

Need help with P-EBT, SNAP, Medicaid, or Cash Assistance?

Legal Aid Chicago has created a helpline to get assist you with applying for Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) benefits.

Legal Aid Chicago has created a helpline to assist you with applying for Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) benefits. This includes SNAP (food assistance), Medicaid (health coverage), and Cash Assistance (for families and for the aged, blind, or disabled).

The public charge test does not consider receipt of P-EBT benefits. Using P-EBT benefits will not impact a parent or child’s immigration status.

UPDATE: Legal Aid Chicago’s helpline call also help you apply for P-EBT! For more information about this cash benefit for households with school-aged children, click here.

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Paying Utilities during COVID-19

The CUB website has resources to help Illinois consumers understand how utilities are handling their bill payments during COVID-19.

The Citizen Utility Board is a nonprofit that advocates for fair utility policies on behalf of Illinois consumers. Their website has many resources to help Illinois consumers understand how utilities are handling their bill payments during COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Eviction Resources from Legal Aid Chicago

COVID-19 has unfortunately caused widespread job loss. As a result, many Chicagoans are struggling to keep up with their rent payments. Legal Aid Chicago has created resources to assist Cook County residents faced with this challenge.

COVID-19 has unfortunately caused widespread job loss. As a result, many Chicagoans are struggling to keep up with their rent payments. Legal Aid Chicago has created resources to assist Cook County residents faced with this challenge.

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IDHS Emergency SNAP Allotments

If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP for your household, you will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP grant for April and May 2020.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is issuing emergency SNAP (LINK) supplements to more than 450,000 SNAP households to help buy food during the pandemic crisis. Congress approved special SNAP supplemental benefits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP for your household, you will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP grant for April and May 2020. If you already get the maximum SNAP benefit, you will not receive additional SNAP benefits.

Please see the flyer from IDHS below for more information.

CommRx: A Free Community Referral Platform

Register for NowPow’s free CommRx referral platform to see which agencies are continuing to operate in your area during COVID-19.

Do you want to make sure you refer community members to organizations that are still open during the COVID-19 crisis?

NowPow is constantly updating the operating hours and services of community organizations in Chicago. Register for NowPow’s free CommRx referral platform to see which agencies are continuing to operate in your area.

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SNAP Work Requirements Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19

Starting April 1st, no SNAP recipient should be required to work 80 hours per month in order to keep their SNAP benefits.

As a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the work requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) have been temporarily suspended.

Starting April 1st, no one should be required to work 80 hours per month in order to keep their SNAP benefits.

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