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Wherever you are in Chicago, food is within reach

All Chicagoans can agree that the weather is unpredictable. In a single week, you can experience snow, rain and sunshine.

While you can’t always rely on the weather forecast, you can always rely on the Greater Chicago Food Depository and our network of over 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other meal programs to have the fresh and healthy food you need near you, conveniently accessible whenever you need it.

Two adults and child receiving frozen turkeys.

Oak Forest community members receiving turkeys.

Our find food map is an interactive and easy-to-use resource that can help you locate nearby pantries and programs. You can filter by location, including address, neighborhood, city or zip code, and other important location features such as languages spoken, types of services available and which days the location is open.

To access these features and more, visit our find food map and click on the “More Filters” button. An easy-to-use pop-up menu will then let you select the various sorting options available to help you best locate the programs and services near you.

No matter your age, sex, gender or ability, know that free food and support is available and conveniently accessible across Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Community member receiving fresh food.

Community member visits a partner pantry in Chicago and receives bag of fresh food.

Without our extensive network of 800 pantries and programs we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. The Food Depository works in partnership with community-based organizations, religious institutions, soup kitchens, shelters and more.

Our partners are located all across Chicago and Cook County, but below are a few of our partners that help us provide food and support. Their goal, like ours, is to make it as easy as possible for anyone in need of food to receive the assistance they need.

Located on Chicago’s northwest side is Iglesia Evangelica Emmanuel, a partner that offers both indoor and outdoor grocery distribution, including curbside pick-up. They provide support in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

On the west side of Chicago, Life Impacters Foundation has a pantry that distributes groceries to local individuals in need. This location also offers a soup kitchen, which provides hot prepared meals, available to eat on-site.

Also on the west side of the city, United for Better Living Inc. provides groceries for individuals who reside in their community, as well as tailored food boxes filled with nutritious items specifically for individuals 60 years of age and older.

At Grace and Peace Church on Chicago’s west side, SNAP application assistance is available, as well as monthly food boxes for older adults. This location is also one of many wheelchair-accessible partners, all of which can be found by filtering through our find food map.

We are proud to work with hundreds of partners across Chicago and Cook County. Please visit your nearest pantry if you need assistance.

Community members at partner pantry.

Outreach efforts at our partner pantry in Chicago.

The Food Depository strives to provide food for anyone who needs it, when they need it.

The breadth of our partner network allows us to serve anyone in need throughout Chicago and Cook County. Whether you’re in Rogers Park or Riverdale, Maywood or Melrose Park, Logan Square or Little Village, you can have peace of mind that fresh, healthy and wholesome food is within reach for anyone who needs help.

So come rain or shine, blizzard or bloom, our partners stand ready to provide support where and how you need it.

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