Food Assistance

1224 Dempster, Evanston, IL
Rabbi Andrea C. London
Union For Reform Judaism
2245 B Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL
Campus Kitchens Project

Campus Kitchen coordinates donations of unserved dining hall food, prepares and delivers meals to area social service agencies, low-income seniors and families, and provides service learning opportunities for Northwestern students. Currently preparing and delivering 750 meals per week, Campus Kitchens also welcomes volunteers not associated with Northwestern University.

P. O. Box 7075, Evanston, IL

Evanston COPE provides assistance to Evanston families with immediate needs related to sustenance, safety, and shelter through a network of volunteers in the Evanston school district. Through each school, COPE enables families to have access to: groceries and cooking classes,
beds and other furniture, funds for basic needs, services opportunities for family growth and community education and skills training.

Archdioscese – 835 N Rush St, Chicago, IL
Monsignor Michael M. Boland, Administrator and CEO
312-655-7700 (Catholic Charities) and 312-534-8200 (Archdiocese)
Archdiocese of Chicago

Oversees more than 150 programs in Cook and Lake counties, serving families and individuals of all ages. Service Programs. Evanston residents are not limited to, but may first contact  North Region, 1717 Rand Rd., Des Plaines, IL, 847-376-2121.

2010 Dewey Ave, Lower Level
Terrie Campbell
(312) 782-CEDA (2332) or (312) 446-9228 (WIC)

CEDA offers a variety of programs and services in the areas of community and economic development, education, emergency assistance, employment and training, energy conservation and services, health and nutrition, and housing.

The CEDA Regional Community Service Center in Evanston offers Family Support and Community Engagement (FSACE) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs.

Several programs for people in need, including housing and employment counseling, financial counseling, home repair services and registration for the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program which provides nutrition for pregnant women and children under 5.

1109 Emerson St., Evanston, IL
Rev. Deborah Y. Scott, Pastor

Church School Sundays at 9 AM.  Services are held Sundays at 10 am.

Soup Kitchen: Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

P.O. Box 484, Glencoe, IL
Tracy L. McKeithen, Network Director
847-475-4500, 224-216-9780 (Director)

Family Promise Chicago North Shore, Inc. (FPCNS) provides services for homeless families in transition, helping them get back into permanent and sustainable housing and employment. The network consists of eleven host congregations and three support congregations. Host congregations provide a place for 3-4 families of no more than 14 people to stay for one week from the hours of 5:30 pm. to 7 am. Volunteers provide and share a family style meal, play with children, help with homework and stay overnight until families are picked up in the morning.
The Family Promise Day Center is located at the Church House of The First Congregational Church of Evanston, 1417 Hinman Avenue, near public transportation, parks, and convenient to host congregations. Families stay at the center during the day.

516 Church St., Evanston, IL
Rev. Dean Francis
United Methodist Church

Worship is at 10:30 a.m. all year. From September to early June, we worship in the sanctuary, and during the summer 10:30 a.m. worship moves to air-conditioned Tittle Chapel.

Worship in the Park is an informal, come-as-you-are summer worship service at 9:00 a.m. in Lunt Park, just a block away.

Soup Kitchen: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
The Total Child, Preschool and Childcare Center, 847-864-7100.
Bundled Blessings, a diaper pantry collecting diapers and supplying them to local families in need through partnerships with local social service agencies.

933 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
Rev. Richard Mosley
United Methodist Church

Soup Kitchen: Tuesdays at 4-6 PM. Groups or individuals interested in volunteering should contact Erica Hall, 847-733-7867.

2727 Crawford, Evanston, IL
Food pantry volunteer coordinator: Susan Gottlieb 847-251-2717; Pantry information: 847-328-7182
847- 328-7182
Free Methodist Church

Hillside Food Pantry serves patrons who live in surrounding area of church, 2727 Crawford Ave.(Northwest Evanston, Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Chicago).
The pantry is located at the east side of the church parking lot, 2727 Crawford Ave.. Open Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Clients may come once a week. Arrive no earlier than half an hour before opening.

7648 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL
Bruce Rasey, Executive Director

Howard Area Community Center is a social service agency that provides affordable and free education, employment, and health assistance programs for the greater Rogers Park area. HACC has four sites: the Main Center, the Youth Center, the Employment Resource Center, and the Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center. All of our services and location addresses are on the website at

8020 St. Louis Ave., Skokie, IL
General: 847- 745-3200; TTY: 866-321-8261
Fax: 847-745-3276

Provides medical assistance for children and adults, financial assistance for adults with children, and food stamps.  Receives applications for Cash, SNAP, and Medical Assistance by fax, mail or in person.

1108 Oak Street Winnetka, IL

INFANT, Inc. solicits donations for the purchase of baby formula at the lowest available cost and delivers it promptly to food pantries and to shelters for the homeless. The formula is distributed at the discretion of their directors, who are knowledgeable in their
communities and professional in the administration of their programs. Their distribution policies are non-sectarian. INFANT, Inc. delivers to 60+ agencies throughout the city and in some suburbs for their emergency formula needs. They also deliver layettes to moms in shelters.

P.O. Box 1414, Evanston, IL
Sue Murphy, Administrative Director

An organization that links members of over 50 Evanston religious organizations and facilitates cooperative work for the hungry and homeless, interfaith dialogue and community building. Outreach projects include soup kitchens, warming centers and the Hospitality Center for the Homeless. Annual Vision-Keeper Dinner for members. Sponsors annual Evanston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at various houses of worship.

Warming Centers are located in the facilities of member houses of worship and are staffed by volunteers. The Centers open in November and continue through March.
Hospitality Center for the Homeless located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, offers social services and referrals weekdays from 7-11 am.
Producemobile provides distribution of free produce on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 am. at Robert Crown Center.
Soup Kitchens are run by teams of volunteers in several locations.
Overnight Emergency Cold Shelter:  When the temperature reaches 5 degrees Fahrenheit Interfaith Action and Connections for the Homeless partner to open St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Evanston at 1004 Greenwood St. from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., providing warm drinks and a safe place to sleep out of the cold.

1140 East Northwest Highway, Palatine, Illinois
Beth Nabors, Executive Director

Provides shelter and services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County. The Hope Day Center is a day resource center which offers a wide range of free services.
PADS Shelter Program provides hospitality, food, and overnight emergency shelter to the homeless between October 1 and April 30, seven days a week (including holidays).
Pathways Housing Readiness Program prepares people to become housing ready, while providing referrals and placement and follow-up services.

A JUST HARVEST, 7649 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL. 60626, Northside P.O.W.E.R., 7659 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL
Christine Wellman, Office Manager, 773- 262-2297,
773- 262-2297
773- 262-7872

A Just Harvest’s Community Kitchen serves dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends and national holidays. The Producemobile stops on the third Monday of every month(except January)from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Northside P.O.W.E.R. works on issues that address the causes of hunger and poverty and recruits and trains community leaders.
Genesis Project seeks to create meaningful employment and economic opportunities for the community.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 608033, Chicago, IL 60626

PO Box 612, Highland Park, IL
Lisa Brewer, Executive Director

Nurture is a non-profit organization that provides cooking, nutrition and wellness education through social service agencies serving low-income families and through schools. Gives participants slow cookers to speed the cooking process and educates families on preparing whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Provides recipes for delicious, nutritious meals costing $1.50 or less a serving. In 2012 Nurture programming reached over 7,000 children and parents. Program alumni are making healthier meals, increasing physical activity, and saving money on food. Nurture’s leadership manages over 130 volunteers, who donate over $500,000 worth of hours annually.

In Evanston, it partners with Junior League of Evanston-North Shore for hands-on cooking classes and Campus Kitchens of Northwestern University, which provides meals for for those in need and nutrition education, COPE,a community network of volunteers who are housed at individual Evanston schools and the Hillside Food Pantry.

1403 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL Mailing: PO Box 171
Latoya Johnson (Social Worker)
847- 866-9770
847- 866-9784

Offers a variety of social services targeted toward low income families and individuals.

Emergency Service Schedule: Food Pantry: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Utilities, Rental/Mortgage Assistance- By Appointment Only

Monday: Prayer Chain – 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Bible Study – 6:30 p.m. Women’s Club- 7:30 p.m. Men’s Club – 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal

Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 – 13, Monday – Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am – 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.

Women’s Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups

1717 Benson St., Evanston, IL
Reverend Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors Senior Pastor-Elect, Elizabeth Cox Finance Administrative Assistant
847- 869-6955

Sunday Worship 8am, 10:30am
Adult Sunday School 9:15am
Children’s Church 10:30am, second through fifth Sundays

Bible Study 7-9pm

Soup Kitchen: Mondays and Tuesdays at noon

Since our inception in 1882, our light has brightly shined as a cosmopolitan church reaching out to a diverse community of people throughout Evanston, the North Shore and the City of Chicago! We are historic, Christ centered, multi-staffed and believe fully in “the priesthood of all believers”.

1136 Wesley, Evanston, IL
contact from website
United Church of Christ

Sunday Service at 10:15am
St. John’s Church is a community of Christians on a journey of faith. Our church is a part of the wider family of Christian churches called the United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With more than 5,100 churches and 1.1 million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where “…they may all be one” (John 17:21).

1509 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL
Rev. Debra Bullock
(847) 864-4806
Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church believes that the spirit of God lives in every human being, and that we are called to glorify that which unites us while at the same time celebrating the awesome diversity of God’s creation. All of us at St. Mark’s share a commitment to our faith and to our community, and we welcome visitors regardless of religious background, race, sexual orientation, or age. You are welcome here.

Program-Year Schedule
(September – May)

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
9:00 AM Coffee & Conversation
9:30 AM Sunday School
9:30 AM Choir Rehearsal
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist
11:45 AM Coffee & Conversation
12:00 Noon Hand Bell Rehearsal

nursery care provided every Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Summer Schedule
(June – August)

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
9:00 AM Coffee & Conversation
9:30 AM Holy Eucharist at the Lakefront (Hamilton Street and the Lake)
10:30 AM Coffee & Conversation

Wednesday Lunch: Each Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 12 noon, a sack lunch is provided to any neighbors who are hungry. Enter through the Parish Office doors.

Hospitality Center for the Homeless, (847) 869-0370, St. Mark’s is home to Interfaith Action of Evanston’s Hospitality Center, which operates every weekday morning from 7:00 to 11:00. Guests of the Hospitality Center find companionship, nutritious snacks, mental health and substance abuse counselling, job advice, and the opportunity to participate in an art program.

Interfaith Action of Evanston: St. Mark’s is a member congregation of this Evanston-based non-profit organization whose mission is to bring people together to serve hungry and homeless people, pursue interfaith dialogue, and engage in advocacy that promotes social justice.

1012 Lake Street., Evanston, IL
Rev. Gregory Sakowicz,
847-864-0333 ext 201
The Archdiocese of Chicago

Home to Knights of Columbus Council 1077.

Daily Mass:
Mon-Sat at 8am (Thursday’s service is a Communion Service)

Sunday Masses:
Saturday at 5pm; Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11am

Sat 4pm

Sun 3-6pm

1004 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL
Kate Jordan (Parish Assistant)
847- 475-3403

Lutheran church sw of downtown Evanston, offers Sunday soup kitchen, other services.

Soup Kitchen: Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Also has winter warming center.
Betty Landis (Pastor)
Rev. Miltoria Bey Sangobiyi (Emergencies) 847-477-5684

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

8020 N. St. Louis Ave., Skokie IL
Illinois Department of Human Services

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.

Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card – an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores. The program is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Department of Human Services administers the program in Illinois.

Eligibility guidelines on webpage. SNAP program also functions as an agricultural subsidy and can be used at some farmer’s markets. Most local grocers accept SNAP except for heated food. Can be used for caffeinated beverages but not alcohol or tobacco.

ILDHS also administers cash assistance (aka Public Aid) and MEDICAID.

Seymour H. Persky Building 6450 N. California Ave. Chicago, IL

The ARK provides free social and medical services to help distressed members of our Chicagoland Jewish family return to self-reliance.
Hours: Mon. and Weds., 9-7:30; Tues. and Thurs., 9-5; Fri., 9-2

The Medical Clinic of the Goldie Bachmann Luftig Health Center is open five days per week, including two evenings. Medical treatment is provided by volunteer physicians and The ARK’s professional medical staff. Patients make appointments to see internists, as well as cardiologists, gynecologists and other specialists. X-rays and other tests and procedures are performed at area hospitals at no charge to clients, through special arrangements with The ARK

2495 Howard Street Evanston, IL
Steve Nicholson, senior pastor
Vineyard Churches USA

Sunday Services at 9:30am and 11:30am
Great Harvest Pantry and Harvest Clothes Closet distributes food and clothes, as well as local resource information, Wednesdays 6-8pm.

Counseling: Christian counseling for individuals, marriages, and families.

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