COMED is reporting that 127,00 customers experienced outages because of extreme weather with hurricane-force winds, in excess of 90 miles per hour, that resulted in severe damage across the Northern Illinois service territory.
SNAP recipients who lost food because of the recent wind storm power outages should complete, sign, and submit a Request for Replacement of Destroyed Food form.
Most Department of Human Services Family Community Resource Centers (FCRC) are closed.
The best way to submit this form is by email to the SNAP recipient’s local FCRC.
Click the links below to download the form in English and Spanish.
You can find your nearest FCRC using the table below.
A request for replacement SNAP must be submitted within 10 calendar days of the power outage
In the case of the recent wind storms, that would be AUGUST 20, 2020.
Applicants who are accepted begin with a job training program that pays $16/hour for 16-20 hours per week.
The job training program will be via remote learning due to COVID-19.
Applicants must be 18 years or older, unemployed, and Chicago residents.
Participants are meant to transition into permanent, full-time employment after graduation.
Program participants also have opportunities to earn professional certifications, gain access to free legal consultation for record sealing and expungement, and receive the support of a case manager available to provide referrals for supportive services.
Growing Home will continue to facilitate the 2020 program as a blended virtual and in-person curriculum.
Farm-based portions of the program will still be held on-site with heightened health and safety measures.
All traditionally classroom-based lessons will be facilitated virtually over Zoom.
Attached to this email is an updated Production Assistant Job Description that provides more detail on exactly what the blended on-site/remote job training program will look like.
Application Deadline for Cohort 3: August 21st, 2020
The application process will be run entirely remotely. It is outlined at the end of the Job Description flyer.
If you have any questions about the remote application process or the program, you can reach out to Amelia Nawn, Growing Home’s Program Operations Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Community Organizations: Are you interested in receiving training on P-EBT outreach and how to talk to immigrant families about P-EBT? Do you have P-EBT questions your clients keep asking? If so, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for free training.
SNAP Recertification Extension
Did you recently receive a SNAP Recertification Letter from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)? If so, please read on!
Illinois households that were scheduled to have their SNAP recertification in July and August 2020 will automatically have their SNAP certification period extended 6 months.
If you were going to be recertified in July, your recertification will be extended to January 2021.
If you were going to be recertified in August, your recertification will be pushed back to February 2021.
Unfortunately, IDHS already sent some recertification letters out.
Your benefits will not expire if you received a recertification letter for July or August 2020.
Maximum SNAP Benefits
All Illinois households receiving SNAP benefits will receive the maximum SNAP benefit for July and August.
Beans (dry or can)
Cereal/granola bars (snacks)
Any non-perishable goods
Non food items
Toiletries (tooth brush/paste, deodorant, soap etc.)
Cleaning Supplies (Lysol spray and bleach etc.)
Diapers (both child and adult)
If your organization, business or group is interested in participating in the 2013 NFPN Spring Food Drive, or have items that you wish to donate, please contact the NFPN coordinator, Sarah Finkel at email@example.com or call 773-276-4900 ext 214.