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School Supply Giveaway, Vaccines, Free Food And More Are Coming To South Chicago This Weekend

Neighbors who receive COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots on Saturday can also receive a $50 gift card.

Free backpacks passed out during a back-to-school backpack giveaway and fair event at Eugene Field Elementary School in Rogers Park on Aug. 5, 2022.
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SOUTH CHICAGO — Community groups are partnering for a back-to-school giveaway this weekend in South Chicago.

Neighbors can enjoy free food, music, a gaming truck, shop from local vendors and get resources from local organizations noon-6 p.m. Saturday at 8800-9000 S. Commercial Ave., according to a Facebook post. 

There will be a limited giveaway of school supplies for students, who must be present to receive the supplies.

COVID-19 vaccines also will be available. People who get vaccinated Saturday can receive a $50 gift card. There will be first, second and booster shots available. To reserve a gift card for a vaccination, people should email connecttoyaf@gmail.com. Gift cards will be held for pickup noon-1 p.m.

People getting vaccinations are asked to bring their insurance card and ID, though insurance is not needed. Walk-ins are welcome. 

Groups partnering for the event are the Youth Advocacy Foundation, the Bridges Puente: Justice Collective of the Southeast, the Chicago Department of Public Health, Phalanx Family Services and Victory Pharmacy from Calumet City.

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