SNAP/Food Stamp Outreach
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is an essential part of the nutrition safety net that helps millions of individuals and families in Illinois afford food. As part of its mission, the Greater Chicago Food Depository works to connect eligible individuals and families in Cook County with SNAP benefits.
SNAP is a federal program designed to help people with limited income increase their ability to purchase food. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) pays for the benefits and it is managed and directed locally by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Clients receive their benefits on an electronic card (known as a Link card) that is used the same way as a debit card to purchase food items at participating grocery stores, farmers markets and other authorized retailers.
The Food Depository’s SNAP Outreach team assists clients over the phone and visits member agencies and community partners across Cook County to provide in-person support. These efforts encourage potentially eligible clients to apply for SNAP while working to remove the barriers that can come between people and the food they need.
To find out if you are eligible, call the SNAP general line (773) 843-5416. The general line is open Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. When you call, a SNAP Outreach coordinator will conduct a SNAP pre-screening — a short, free, and confidential interview to determine if you or your family are potentially eligible for SNAP. If it looks like you might be eligible for SNAP benefits, the coordinator will then assist you in completing an application over the phone.
The IDHS eligibility calculator is another resource to help determine if you are potentially eligible, but don't hesitate to call if you have any questions or would like any assistance.
- Learn more about the Food Depository's SNAP Outreach services
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- Advocate for the future of SNAP
SNAP Outreach Program
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.