City continues food programs throughout the summer with schedule modifications



Evanston has announced that food programs will continue throughout the summer, with some schedule modifications, in order to support residents facing economic hardship and food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Emergency Food Pantry


The City will continue to partner with Northwestern University’s Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations to provide the Emergency Food Pantry. In order to extend the pantry beyond the initial eight weeks of planned operations, the pantry will operate every other Wednesday (twice monthly) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until further notice. The next pantry will take place on Wednesday, June 10.


The pantry, located at James Park, offers Evanston residents free, prepackaged boxes of food, including non-perishable items, produce, and protein. Boxes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Boxes will not be distributed before 11 a.m.


To facilitate social distancing and ensure the safety of staff and patrons, pick-ups should occur in a vehicle.

Participants arriving on foot will be directed to an area where they can pick up a food box.


Drivers are asked to enter the site by driving southbound on Dodge Avenue and turning right onto Mulford Street. There is a limit of one box per household. All participants must show a valid ID with their current Evanston address to qualify.


Community members can support the Food Pantry by making a financial contribution here.


Youth Food Distribution


The City, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and Evanston Township High School (ETHS) will continue to partner to provide free cold breakfast and lunches to youth ages 1 to 18 on Mondays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the month of June.


There are no income-based restrictions to participate in the program. Free grab-and-go meals are available to all youth; no meals will be eaten on site. Meals will be distributed for the week (10 meals total) at the following four locations:


-- Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. -- Robert Crown Community Center, 1801 Main St. -- Kamen Park David Wood Fieldhouse, 1111 South Blvd. -- Mason Park, Church Street and Florence Avenue


Community members can support the Youth Food Distribution Program by making a financial contribution here.


Summer Youth Food Program


Beginning on Monday, July 6, the Youth Food Distribution Program will transition to the Summer Youth Food Program. As in previous years, free cold breakfasts and lunches will be served on a first-come, first-served basis daily, Monday through Friday, to youth ages 1 to 18 years old.


New this year, all meals will be grab and go and no congregating will be allowed.

Breakfasts will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunches will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following four locations through Friday, August 14:


-- Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. -- Robert Crown Community Center, 1801 Main St. -- Kamen Park David Wood Fieldhouse, 1111 South Blvd. -- Mason Park, Church Street and Florence Avenue


Producemobile


The Greater Chicago Food Depository's Producemobile is scheduled to come to Evanston from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9 and Tuesday, July 14 at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.


The Producemobile distributes free fresh fruits and vegetables on a first-come, first-served basis to Cook Country residents every second Tuesday of the month. The program is co-sponsored by Interfaith Action of Evanston and the City of Evanston.


For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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