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People’s Free Food Program Feeding South, West Siders This Week in Garfield Park, West Englewood

The group aims to feed 10,000 people this week and is seeking donations of food, PPE and funding.

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GARFIELD PARK — A new rapid-response group is offering free food to residents of the West Side.

The People’s Free Food Program formed by Kemdah Stroud in response to the temporary pause of the grab-and-go food programs at Chicago Pubic Schools after peaceful protests and some rioting shut much of the city down.

While CPS restarted its food service Tuesday, organizers are hoping that students, families, protesters and anybody in need of help due to the COVID crisis and the chaos following the police murder of George Floyd will come get food.

The free cookout will offer packaged foods, grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, pasta, and vegetarian options. There will also be groceries and water for people to take home with them.

The group also partnered with Chance the Rapper’s youth organization SocialWorks to bring in restaurant donations to serve to the people.

Stroud said the project aims to feed 10,000 people this week.

The free food will be available at the Garfield Park Fieldhouse, 100 N. Central Park Ave. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day this week.

A South Side location hosted by SocialWorks will provide lunch for the community starting 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hugs No Slugs Safe House, 6427 S. Ashland Ave.

The People’s Free Food Program is accepting donations from individuals and restaurants of packaged goods, hot plates of food, serving equipment, gloves and masks. To donate supplies, reach out to

Monetary donations can be sent via cashapp: $kemdah or by Venmo: Aquavitaegrand

Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.

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