Need food? COVID-19 Update

Update: As of June 2nd, you can use your LINK card to order groceries online! Check out our LINK online grocery ordering guide by clicking below.


The Northwest Food Partners Network lists free emergency food services that are operating in our community during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Our food resources guide focuses on food pantries, free hot meal sites, soup kitchens, and produce mobile locations in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, West Town, Avondale, and East Garfield Park.

For information on financial, housing, family, legal, employment, and health resources available during COVID-19, check out our COVID-19 Hub.


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Last updated 6/4/20

NOTE: To view our regular Food Resources page, click here.


Food Resources Map

Find your nearest food pantry, hot meal program, or produce mobile

Last Updated 6/1/2020

Produce Mobile sites are Yellow

Pantry sites are Green

Hot Meal sites are Red

Pantry and Hot Meal sites are Purple

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Food Resources Brochure

Last Updated 5/12/2020

These brochures have been updated to the best of our abilities. We strongly recommend that community members call an organization to check that they’re open before going to one of their programs.

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Food Resources List

Last Updated 6/1/2020

You can view and download this spreadsheet here.

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You can now use your LINK benefits to pay for groceries from the comfort of your home. You can even have them shipped to your front door!

Click the button below to view our LINK Online Grocery Ordering Guide. For help applying for SNAP benefits, click here.

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NFPN Food Delivery Resource Guide

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

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GCFD COVID-19 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.

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

Click here to find printable flyers about the pop-up pantries that we made in Spanish and English.

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Request Help from Humboldt Park Mutual Aid

The Humboldt Park Mutual Aid Network has a form where people in and around the neighborhood of Humboldt Park can request or offer assistance.

Mutual aid is a form of exchange that starts from the belief that everyone at times needs support and everyone at times can offer support. It’s not charity; it’s neighbors helping neighbors.

Anyone who lives in Humboldt Park can use this form. They are especially reaching out to neighbors who are elders, disabled, under financial pressure, undocumented, single parents, isolated, immunocompromised, or who experience any form of marginalization.

Types of requests include…

  • Grocery store pick-up/delivery
  • Cooked food/meals
  • Medicine or pharmacy items
  • Basic supplies (elder care kits, period product care kits, PPE kits and/or masks)
  • Wellness checks (over the phone or in-person)
  • Social check-in (phone call or FaceTime)
  • Transportation to medical facilities

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East Garfield Park Free Care Food Packages

The Corinthian Temple Church of God in Christ is offering free care food packages in Garfield Park.

  • Where: 4520 W Washington Blvd
  • When: Monday – Friday, 1 – 4PM and 6 – 7PM
  • Box Contents: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages!
  • More Info: 773-261-3309

Please see the flyer below for details.

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SNAP Application and Benefits Updates

Applying for SNAP Over the Phone or Online

As of April 16th, IDHS Family Community Resource Centers (FCRCs) are closed for in-person visits. That means you can’t apply for SNAP by visiting a local IDHS office.

You can still apply for SNAP benefits through IDHS by going to abe.illinois.gov or calling IDHS at (800) 843 6154.

Also, certain community organizations can also help you apply for SNAP over the phone. They can help you in Spanish, English, and many other languages.

For details, click here to see our blog post and flyer.

Work Requirement Update

SNAP work requirements for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) have been temporarily suspended. Currently, no SNAP recipients are required to work 80 hours per month in order to keep their SNAP benefits.

For more information, click here to see our blog post on this development.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Update

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.

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.

For more information, click here to see our blog post on this development.

SNAP Recertification Extension

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.

For more information, click here to see IDHS’s press release on this development.

P-EBT for Illinois Households with School-Aged Children

Illinois households with school-aged children are eligible for Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT. This will provide households with additional relief to make up for the school meals children are missing.

For more information, click here to see our blog post on P-EBT.

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Greater Chicago Food Depository “Find Food” Search Tool

Find a nearby GCFD-registered food resource here: https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/find-food/

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Chicago Help Initiative Meal Resource Guide

The Chicago Help Initiative has created a Meal Resource Guide to help community members find food during the COVID-19 crisis. The Meal Resource Guide includes some food pantries and hot meal programs on Chicago’s West Side, North Side, South Side, and Downtown.

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CPS Grab and Go Meals

Chicago Public Schools are offering free grab-and-go meals to CPS students during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information about the CPS response to COVID-19, click here.

 Click here or click the image below to see the sites where CPS will be providing grab-and-go meals from April 13th onward.

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Illinois Hunger Hotline

The Illinois Hunger Coalition’s Hunger Hotline provides free, confidential help with finding food.

1-800-359-2163

  • A Free Service
  • Se Habla Español
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9AM to 5PM

The Hunger Hotline can assist you with…

  • Applying for SNAP
  • Applying for health coverage
  • Finding out if you qualify for other food programs, like WIC
  • Finding an emergency food pantry or soup kitchen near you
  • And more.

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