LOGAN SQUARE — Families in need can pick up free boxes of food filled with fresh produce, dairy products and meat twice a week in Logan Square and at other sites across the city.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, a long-standing social service agency serving Chicago and the suburbs, has been giving out free food at its women, infant and children (WIC) centers since the start of the pandemic.
The effort, called the Farmers to Families Food Box program, is a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture.
In Logan Square, the giveaways are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3110 W. Armitage Ave. Typically, the giveaways go from 10 a.m. until the store runs out of boxes, but families should check the organization’s website for specific times.
Right now, the giveaways are slated to continue through the end of April, but Catholic Charities is hoping the federal government will extend the program to meet the ballooning need, said Michael Heroldt, the organization’s associate vice president of community development and outreach.
During the pandemic, food insecurity and hunger has skyrocketed in Chicago and across the country.
This year, Catholic Charities has given out more than 20,000 boxes of free food to families in need, organization officials said. Last year, from May to September, the organization gave out 24,000 boxes.
Heroldt said the turnout is especially high given the organization has only promoted the giveaways through word of mouth.
“It’s been tremendous,” Heroldt said of the level of need across Chicago. “At some of these sites, people are lined up … the need has been great.”
For a full list of giveaway sites, go here.
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