Food Resources in the Chicago Area

December 20, 2019

According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), 1 in 5 Chicagoans do not know where they will get their next meal. Many are faced with a choice between a meal or their medical care, others are forced to decide between food an an education. Fortunately, organizations in the Chicago area are here to help.

Below are some key food accessibility resources available throughout the Chicago area:

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Since 1979, the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) has distributed almost 70 million pounds of food, with more than one third being fresh produce. Each day the organization distributes the equivalent of nearly 159,000 meals. To find a Greater Chicago Food Depository location near you, click here.

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank – a proud member of Feeding America – is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,500 people each week. Serving 13 counties, NIFB provides food through a network of 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth and senior centers. To find a location near you, click here.

Lakeview Pantry
Opened in 1970, the group’s three distribution programs supply nearly 1.6 million pounds of food each year. The Lakeview Pantry has two Northside locations and offers a home delivery service to elderly, physically disabled and homebound people. For more information including locations, click here. 

St. Vincent de Paul Chicago
Located in Cook and Lake County, St. Vincent de Paul has been helping people in the Chicagoland area since 1857. This group provides food, shelter and clothing services. Through their various programs, more than 800,000 in the Chicagoland area are served each year. For more information about a location near you, click here.

Access Community Health Network

ACCESS conducts universal nutrition screenings to all ACCESS patients because we understand the critical link between food security and maintaining your health. We provide SNAP benefits enrollment assistance and offer patients critical linkages to immediate food resources through our community partnerships with organizations such as the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) and the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB).

ACCESS and GCFD provide regular FRESHTruck food distribution at key ACCESS sites throughout its network. Information on location, date and times of distributions at ACCESS sites can be found on our social media accounts. 

ACCESS is proud to partner with all patients for their primary and preventative health care needs. We care about your overall health and well-being and are committed to offering you the best support you need to regularly maintain your health. 

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As of March 23, 2023