Food Resources in the Chicago Area
According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, nearly 800,000 people do not know where they will get their next meal, 504,000 choose between a meal and medical bills and nearly 600,000 choose between food and education. Fortunately, organizations in the Chicago area are here to help.
ACCESS is committed to addressing food insecurity by offering universal nutrition screenings to all ACCESS patients, assistance with SNAP benefits enrollment, and by providing critical linkages to immediate food resources through partnerships with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) and the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB). ACCESS and GCFD have also partnered to provide regular FRESHTruck food distribution at key ACCESS sites throughout its network. Additionally, the GCFD collaboration has led to a meal delivery pilot program, serving high-risk, food insecure patients with weekly meals delivered right to their door.
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.
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.
Understanding the Critical Link between Food Security and Maintaining Your Health
ACCESS understands that for many people there are many barriers that affect their ability to be healthy, regardless of their medical history. One key barrier is consistent access to nutritious food. ACCESS’ dedicated care teams are trained to support your overall health needs and can connect you with the proper resources and support to live a healthy lifestyle. Click here to schedule an appointment today.