Food & Nutrition

Food pantry, meal pick-up, grocery store (online ordering and physical locations), and delivery services are listed below. Homebound residents who need food and can’t order it on-line or by phone for whatever reason can contact us for assistance:

  • Contact the 49th Ward Office at 773-338-5796 or office@49thward.org
  • Contact the Community Response Team at 773-831-7668 or rpcrt49@gmail.com
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put together a toolkit to help folx understand the expansion of benefits and stimulus that have passed a the federal level, including food assistance programs. Click here to access the toolkit.
  • For information on signing up for SNAP benefits and other benefits programs, visit the Economic Support page.

Rogers Park and Citywide Food Distribution:

  • Chicago Public Schools is providing every young person under 18 years old with food assistance. They are not turning any child away. Families can pick up food outside of a participating school building, weather permitted. The household will receive 3 days of meals for each young person. 
    • To find a location, visit cps.edu/mealsites or call 773-553-KIDS
    • Pick up hours are Monday thru Friday 9 am – 1 pm
    • CPS will also deliver meals if a family needs that service by calling 773-553-KIDS
    • As of 4/13, CPS consolidated food pick-up sites. You can find the announcement on their website. The schools acting as meal pick-up locations in and near the 49th Ward are:
      • Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth
      • Kilmer Elementary, 6700 N. Greenview
      • New Field Elementary, 1707 W. Morse
      • Eugene Field, 7019 N. Ashland
      • Gale Elementary, 1631 W. Jonquil
      • Armstrong School, 2110 W. Greenleaf (just outside of 49)
      • Hayt Elementary, 1518 W. Granville (just outside of 49)
    • For more information on CPS’ response to COVID-19, visit More info cps.edu/coronavirus
  • A Just Harvest: They are doing a mobile pantry for seniors and disabled people as well as a walkup food pantry. Seniors must live in Rogers Park to qualify for the mobile food pantry.
    • Address: 7649 N. Paulina St. (Rogers Park)
    • Contact: 773-262-2297 / info@ajustharvest.org
    • Mobile Pantry Hours: Weds 10 AM – 2 PM
    • Walk-Up Pantry Hours: 3 PM – 5 PM
  • United Church of Rogers Park: They’re shifting their community feasts to hot to-go meals
    • Address: 1545 W. Morse
    • Contact: 773-761-2500
    • Pick-up Hours: Sundays from 4-6 pm
  • Care for Real and UCRP: Care for Real has partnered with the United Church of Rogers Park to host a pop-up food pantry to help those struggling with food insecurity in Rogers Park during the COVID-19 crisis.
    • Address: 1545 W. Morse
    • Contact: 773-769-6182 / info@careforreal.org
    • Pick-up Hours: Tuesdays 12 PM – 2 PM
  • St. Ignatius: They will allow people to pick up food on others’ behalf, but do require a proxy form to do so.
    • Address: 6559 N. Glenwood
    • Phone: 773-764-5936
    • Open: Wednesdays 2 pm – 4 pm; Fridays 10 am – 12 pm
  • C24/7: They are hosting a weekly free grocery store to provide residents in the area with essential household items and food.
    • Address: 1600 W. Jonquil
    • Open: Thursdays from 3-5 pm
  • ZAM’s Hope: ZAM’s Hope, ready to help and happy to share. ZAM’s Hope is open to all, regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity, disability, income, or sexual orientation. 
    • Address: 6401 N. Artesian
    • Phone: 773-719-9267
    • Instructions: Call or text with the name, address, and household count so ZAM’s can prepare accordingly
  • ICNA Relief: They are providing delivery. You will need to call ahead of time to ensure they’re not at capacity.
    • Address: 2809 W. Devon
    • Phone: 312-451-3444
  • St. Thomas of Canterbury: Food needs to be picked up at the door.
    • Address: 4827 N. Kenmore
    • Phone: 773-878-5507
    • Hours: Tues 9:30 am-12:00 pm; Fris 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Cornerstone Community Outreach: An ID is required to pick up food.
    • Address: 4626 N. Clifton
    • Phone: 773-271-8163
    • Hours: Wednesdays 9:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Care for Real Food Pantry: Pre-packed bags of food will be available for easy and efficient pick-up. Volunteers can pick up pre-packed food bags for homebound seniors with: 1. a signed note from the senior and 2. a photo of State of Illinois ID card
    • Address: 5339 N. Sheridan Rd. (Edgewater)
    • Contact: 773-769-6182 / info@careforreal.org
    • Pick-up Hours: Mon, Weds, Fri: 9 AM – 12 PM / Fri (monthly food ONLY): 3 PM – 5 PM, Sat: 9 AM- 1 PM
  • Lincoln Square Friendship: Need an ID to pick up food at the door
    • Address: 2711 W. Lawrence
    • Phone: 773-907-6388
    • Hours: Tues 3:00-7:00 pm; Thurs 12:00-4:00 pm
  • Lakeview Pantry: Have either a week or a month’s worth of food available for families based on need.
    • Address: 3945 N. Sheridan
    • Phone: 773-525-1777
    • Hours: MW&F 11 am – 4 pm; Tu/Th 4-7:30 pm; Sat 10:30 am-3 pm
  • Chicago Department of Family Support Services (DFSS) has shifted from serving meals out of the satellite centers to home-delivered. Seniors who find themselves in need of such support can call 312-744-4016 any time between 9 am and 5 pm Monday-Friday.
    • More info: online
    • Email: SeniorMeals@CityofChicago.org 
    • Call: 311
  • Meals on Wheels: Residents (60 years or older) may be eligible. Meal delivery may take up to four weeks to begin. Contact 312-744-4016 (residents will need to provide their date of birth and social security number over the phone.
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository: Use the online searchable map on their website to find more Cook County food pantry, soup kitchen, and mobile food distribution services.
  • The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) will be providing mobile feeding services. Additionally, the Salvation Army’s 19 Chicagoland food pantries remain open to provide curbside service and will continue to serve as a resource for anyone who needs assistance.
    773-725-1100
    salarmychicago.org/coronavirus
  • Box Top Chicago has launched emergency home deliveries of food to people sheltering in place. They are working with the City of Chicago to help fill the gap in access to affordable food for families who are suffering financially from this crisis.
  • Archdiocese of Chicago/Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities will continue to serve residents at their food pantries and evening meal programs.
    • Locations and phone numbers: lookup online
    • Access other services: 312-655-7700
  • City of Chicago Emergency Food Coordination Center: The City of Chicago has partnered with the Salvation Army and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to provide people with food delivery who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been asked to quarantine by healthcare officials. This service is for homebound individuals who need food and do not qualify for other food support services. Those who apply for other food support services will be asked to continue to seek food deliveries through those channels instead (e.g. Meals on Wheels, youth meals, etc). The meals delivered to homebound individuals contain 7-days worth of food, with three meals a day. Deliveries will occur within 48-hours of receiving the request.
    • To request a delivery, individuals are asked to call 311

Grocery Delivery Services

Grocery Stores with Dedicated Hours for Seniors and Immunocompromised Shoppers

As of March 24, the following stores are implementing priority shopping hours. Please note that not all stores listed below have locations in Rogers Park.

  • Jewel-Osco: Priority hours are Tues and Thurs, 7 – 9 AM
    • Closest location: 1763 W. Howard St. (Rogers Park)
    • Phone: 773-274-1287
  • Target: Priority hours are the first hour of shopping every Weds
    • Closest location: 6122 N. Sheridan Rd. (Rogers Park)
    • Phone: 773-681-5154
  • Whole Foods: Priority hours start one hour before regular hours every day. So if a store opens at 8 AM, seniors and vulnerable population shoppers have access at 7 AM.
    • Closest location (Chicago): 6009 N. Broadway (Edgewater)
    • Phone: 773-506-7600
    • Closest location (suburban): 1640 Chicago Ave. (Evanston)
    • Phone: 847-733-1600
  • Mariano’s: Priority hours are 6 – 8 AM every day
    • Closest location (Chicago): 5201 N. Sheridan Rd. (Edgewater / Uptown)
    • Phone: 773-506-0558
    • Closest location (suburban): 3358 W. Touhy Ave. (Skokie)
    • Phone: 847-763-8801
  • Walmart: Priority hours are one hour before stores open every Tuesday
    • Closest location (suburban): 3626 W. Touhy Ave. (Skokie)
    • Phone: 847-983-1409
  • Tony’s Fresh Mart: Priority hours are Tues and Thurs, 7 – 9 AM.
    • Closest location: 5233 N. Lincoln Ave. (Lincoln Sq / Albany Park)
    • Phone: 773-943-6042