Everyone needs nourishment from time to time. If you need food, our partners and programs are here to help. Find out what you need to know before you go.
Anyone and everyone. Though some of our partners’ programs are just for older adults or children, the vast majority of our network is open to anyone who walks in the doors. The Food Depository proudly serves all of our neighbors, regardless of race, religion, immigration status or any other factors.
You’ll find that our community partners are kind and welcoming. No one should be embarrassed or ashamed about seeking out food assistance in their time of need. Many people who experience food insecurity – a lack of consistent access to nutritious food – find that it’s a temporary situation. We all have our own challenges. Everyone needs a little help in life, and everyone is welcome at our programs.
Our map shows several kinds of food programs. While most of these programs are open to anyone who lives in Cook County, some of them have special requirements. It’s always best to call the program before you go.
- Food pantries are the most common type of program. They offer a variety of food you can prepare at home.
- Soup kitchens offer prepared meals you can eat on site during their hours.
- Mobile Pantry and Producemobile programs are trucks that distribute food in a community site, like a church parking lot.
- Older Adult Markets are open to people aged 60 and older.
- Shelters offer meals to people experiencing homelessness. If you need shelter, call 311 in Chicago or 877-426-6515 in suburban Cook County for help.
Food programs are working hard to meet the need for food while protecting public health. Expect to maintain social distancing while waiting for food. Food pantries and mobile programs are offering pre-packed bags or boxes with a variety of food. Soup kitchens are offering meals to-go instead of serving them in a dining room setting.
If you’re concerned about your health and need home delivered food, call a food program near you or 311 in Chicago for help.
Every program offers different food. You can expect a mixture of fresh food and packaged food.
NOTE: To support public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, food programs are offering pre-packaged bags or boxes with a variety of food.
Some food programs offer a waiver so that a friend or family member can pick up food for you. This can help people with disabilities and older people. Call the program to find out what they offer. A small number of programs offer home delivery.
If you live within the city of Chicago, you can also call 311 to connect with other forms of food assistance that offer home delivery.
No. Food programs respect your privacy. Your name or address is never shared. Any questions that you answer about your household, income level, or other topics will only be used in aggregate. Your information is secure.