We help families afford nutritious food.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) helps millions of individuals and families in the United States afford food. We help connect eligible Cook County individuals and families with SNAP benefits and Medicaid.

Get Help with Your Benefits

Benefits Assistance
Need help applying for SNAP benefits?

Call us at 773-843-5416 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Our Benefits Outreach team can assist you with a short, free, confidential interview. We’ll help you through every step of the process, from determining your eligibility to applying or recertification.

Need assistance with Medicaid benefits?

To address the broader needs that contribute to food insecurity, we have expanded our benefits outreach. We can also assist individuals applying for Medicaid benefits. Contact us at 773-843-5416 for more information.

Survey for SNAP Participants

The Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law are conducting a research project. The goal is to improve customer service from public aid offices for people who receive SNAP benefits. If you are currently receiving SNAP or have received SNAP in the past and would like to participate, take the survey below. You will have a chance to win a $50 gift card.

Survey in English  Encuesta en Español

Findings from this survey will be used to educate new policymakers on the impacts of systemic eligibility and enrollment barriers and in broader public education campaigns about the experiences of people living in or near poverty in Illinois.

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Thanks to National Council on Aging for their partnership in our outreach to older adults.