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Food pantries and other food resources are available during these rough times for Evanston families

Here's a list of food services available to Evanston residents who need help feeding themselves and their families, especially during the pandemic.

Please share information about this food pantry with those you know who could use some help getting by during these tough times.

Or, if you're home and have time on Mondays, reach out to elderly friends/neighbors or overwhelmed families to see if they can get there. If they can't, offer to pick up a box and drop it off for them.

Please let us know if we've left any out!


Feeding Our Village/New Hope C.M.E. Church

Every Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

Organized by Mandy Eason, Bruce Allen King, and Darlene Murray-Cannon.

Fresh foods donated by Trader Joe's.

Help support the pantry by contributing to its Paypal account.

City of Evanston's Emergency Food Pantry

This pantry operates every other Wednesday (twice monthly) from 10:30 a.m. to noon until further notice.

The next one is this Wednesday, July 22.

The pantry, located at James Park, offers Evanston residents free, pre-packaged 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 10:30 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.

Summer Youth Food Program

Free cold breakfasts and lunches are served on a first-come, first-served basis every day, Monday through Friday, to youth ages 1 to 18 years old.

New this year, all meals are grab-and-go and no congregating is allowed.

Breakfasts are served from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Lunches are 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


The Greater Chicago Food Depository's Producemobile will be in Evanston from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28 at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

It will also be in Evanston on Tuesday, August 11, Tuesday, August 25, Tuesday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 22. Location is to be determined.

Producemobile volunteers will distribute boxes of fresh produce, frozen pre-cooked meat, and assorted dairy products to Cook County residents. There will be a drive-up (preferred) and walk-up line, and numbered tickets will be given on arrival (one per driver). Drivers may enter only from southbound Dodge Avenue. Face coverings are required.

Distribution will take place outside, rain or shine. No seating is available, but a portable toilet is. Please call 847-475-1150 or 847-869-0478 in early August for updated information.

This program is co-sponsored by Interfaith Action of Evanston and the City of Evanston.

Pandemic P-EBT SNAP Benefits

Need help buying food for your school age children? Apply for P-EBT SNAP Benefits. This is a special benefit that can help you buy food for your school age children 3 to 17 years old and 18 to 22 years old (in high school), who would receive National School Lunch Program free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. View information in English and Spanish.

Additional Resources

Click for the City's list of additional Food Resources


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