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Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity
Food Insecurity

An Austin Food Pantry Is Expanding To Address Increased Need Brought On By The Pandemic

The food pantry at Circle Urban Ministries will now operate twice a week thanks to a grant from the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Families In Need Can Get Free Food At Drive-Thru Event Saturday In Pilsen

The food giveaway starts 9 a.m. Saturday at the MANA Parking Lot on the corner of Cermak Road and Allport Street.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

These Southwest Siders Are Feeding Hundreds For Free And Putting Laid-Off Restaurant Workers Back To Work

Food’s Here, a program launched by a grassroots collective, uses extra food from meal subscription services and a closed restaurant to feed people hard hit by the pandemic.

Gage Park, Brighton Park

Families In Need Can Get Free Food Wednesday In Pilsen

The food distribution will run 1-4 p.m.. at Gourmet Gorilla, 1200 W. Cermak Road.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago Moms Have Baked 1,700 Lasagnas For Those In Need Since October — And They’re Not Slowing Down

The all-volunteer run program was founded by a California mom in May and has since spread to over 1,000 cities. The nonprofit abides by three simple principles: feed families, spread kindness and strengthen communities.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

After Nearly A Year Of Providing Food To Families, Gage Park Mercadito Organizers Say Need Remains: ‘This Is Not Just A COVID Problem’

The Gage Park Latinx Council gave away 3,000 pounds of food within 15 minutes on its first day — and people kept showing up. “I think that speaks volumes to the level of food insecurity our community is seeing."

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

As Chicagoans Continue To Face Hunger In Pandemic, New Little Village Food Pantry Aims To Help: ‘The Need Is Massive’

With the help of partners and donors, New Life Centers bought the building on the corner of Lawndale Avenue and 27th Street to make way for a food pantry. It will be named El Mercado.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Urban Growers Collective’s Mobile Farmers Market Returns Monday, Selling Fresh Produce To South And West Siders

The mobile farmers market will visit 15 locations every week, from South Chicago and Washington Park to Garfield Ridge and Humboldt Park.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

West Side Teens Transform Liquor Store Into Fresh Food Market: ‘We Can Do So Much More’

"Food is a basic necessity. But it's also a basic necessity we don't have access to," said Azariah Baker, a teen who worked to create the market.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Grants For Black And Brown Farmers Aim To Bring More Fresh Food To South And West Sides

People of color who own farms can apply for a piece of $650,000 in grant funding available through the Fresh Food from Farmers of Color Fund.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

West Side Community Garden Getting Renovations So Seniors, People With Disabilities Can Use It

Paved walkways and raised planters will make it easier for people with disabilities to garden — including military veterans like garden founder Robert Hart.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

The Love Fridge Is Bringing Free Food To Neighbors In Need In Little Village, Bridgeport: ‘People Want To Help’

As residents struggle with the economic downturn of coronavirus, volunteers are bringing fully stocked refrigerators to neighborhoods struggling with food insecurity.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Inspired By Little Free Libraries, Artists Turn Vacant West Side Building Into Free Grocery Store

The markets are stocked with food donated by neighbors and nonprofits hoping to make the art projects a permanent resource.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Joins Resident-Led Food Programs To Feed More Families, Frontline Workers

Two initiatives started by Hyde Parkers — the Kenwood Food Project and Feeding Frontliners — have joined forces and gained the backing of the neighborhood nonprofit.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

After Looting Closes Stores, Group Organizes Grocery Giveaways For Hundreds Of South Side Seniors

Founder Natia Simone has overseen two grocery deliveries to more than 650 senior home residents in June.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

West Town Nonprofit Is Collecting Food, Household Items, Toiletries This Weekend

Founded in 1969, Esperanza Community Services provides education, housing and other services to Chicago children and adults who have disabilities.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Church To Host Food Distribution Site Tuesday Afternoon

Those in need of food can stop by the church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., from 3–6 p.m. Tuesday. Organizers are also requesting donations of money and supplies.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

CPS Will Resume Giving Free Meals To Kids Tuesday

The district temporarily stopped the program Monday due to "the evolving nature of activity across the city."


Last Year It Cost $5 For West Side Community Gardens To Tap Into City Water. Now The Price Is $1,700

New regulations require community gardens use a pricey valve and union plumber to connect to fire hydrants. Gardeners say the new rule will hurt low-income Black communities the most.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale