Chicagoans from across the city are welcome to attend the giveaway which starts 10 a.m. Saturday. Credit: Maia McDonald/Block Club Chicago

MORGAN PARK — Far South Side neighbors can get free fresh food at a weekend giveaway hosted by two local nonprofits.

The giveaway starts 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the former Jewel Osco at the corner of 115th and Halsted streets. Anyone is welcome.

Organizers and volunteers from the Far South Community Development Corporation and The Kindness Campaign will give out food until supplies last, which they said will be around 11 a.m., according to a press release. 

The event is intended to help neighbors affected by SNAP and Link program benefits being reduced to pre-pandemic levels, organizers said in a statement.

Starting this month, SNAP benefits could decrease anywhere from $55 to $255 per person each month, according to a news release from the city. The reductions will vary based on income level and household size, with the average drop being $86 a month for a one-person household.

“We know some of our community members are struggling given the reduction of SNAP benefits this month, so the timing of this food giveaway is critical,” said Janece Simmons, vice president of community and housing services for Far South Community Development Corporation.

“One of the pillars of Far South CDC’s work is strategic community-building and resident services, and we’re always looking for ways to collaborate with others to benefit Far South Side residents,” Simmons said.

The giveaway is the site of organization’s planned Morgan Park Commons mixed-use development project, which will build housing, retail, a community field house and a 3-acre park that connects to the nearby Major Taylor bike trail, according to the press release. 

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