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Food Programs and Support Programs in Chicago & Cook County

Get help finding food and accessing programs at one of over 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other community partners in the Chicagoland area.

Greater Chicago Food Depository Programs

Find Food Programs and Other Benefits in Chicago and Cook County

Explore our network of community-based partners and discover our programs to find support and resources that meet your needs.

We’re Always Here to Help

We’re always available to lend a helping hand. If you need help with finding food, finding a job or even finding free diapers, give us a call and we’ll guide you in the right direction.

Get Help Buying Food for Your Kids This Summer with Summer EBT

Your family can receive a debit card to purchase groceries for your children during the summer when school is out. Summer EBT provides eligible families with a monthly grocery benefit to feed their children during summer months when kids are not receiving free or reduced-price meals at school.

You Belong to Our Community

As a community, we have the resources to make sure no one feels hunger. If you are experiencing hunger or food insecurity, we are here to help.


Food & Medical Benefits

Get Help Applying for Benefits and Other Programs

Our team can help you apply for the SNAP Program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as Link or food stamps) and Medicaid, a federal and state program that helps with healthcare costs for millions of Americans. But there are dozens of additional benefits programs that offer support for families and may work for you.

Get Help With Benefits

See what SNAP has to offer and get answers to your questions on food stamps, eligibility and case management.

Explore Medicaid, a federal and state program that helps you get access to critical healthcare and services.


Find out how WIC (nutrition for Women, Infants and Children) helps ensure families receive the food needed for growing bodies.

Learn how to seek assistance with electricity and heating in Chicago and the Cook County region through LIHEAP.

Find out more about who is eligible for tax credits through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Find out if you qualify for assistance with free school readiness and the Head Start program.

Workforce Development

Start a New Career in Hospitality with our Job Training Program

Are you an unemployed or underemployed adult living in Cook County?

Our free program offers you paid training, professional development and workforce skills, and a completion bonus, so you can enter the job market ready to apply for skilled roles in hospitality, food service or customer service.

Learn more about our PAID HOSPITALITY job training program

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Get Involved

Want to give back to your community?

Getting help and giving help go hand in hand. Be a part of the solution and volunteer or support our community in a way that works for you.

Find Ways to Help My Community


All Programs

Want to Know More About What We Do?

In addition to these programs, we help support several other services in and around Chicago. Learn more about how we’re helping and serving you and our communities.

Learn about the other ways we help

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Need Help In Cook County?

You’re a part of our community, and we want to help. Reach out to our team. We’re here to point you in the direction of the food programs and support programs that can better your life.