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Facing food insecurity due to looting-related closures? Here’s a list of resources

In response to a weekend marred by looting a violent clashes that disproportionately affected South and West Side neighborhoods, many businesses are closed, and CPS has suspended its food distribution program.

Toya Hallmon, food pantry volunteer at New Life Covenant Church, carries hamburger buns to the table as clients arrive.
Toya Hallmon, food pantry volunteer at New Life Covenant Church, carries hamburger buns. File photo
Leslie Adkins/For the Sun-Times

Thousands of families will now have to look for another way to feed their kids after Chicago Public Schools suspended its meal distribution program “based on the evolving nature of activity across the city,” officials announced late Sunday night.

The district has given out more than 12.5 million meals since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through a food program that has been widely praised by parents who rely on schools as a primary food source.

Access to food may be further limited for may Chicagoans after a scattered police presence across the city left pockets open for looting all day without officers responding in many areas on the South, Southwest and West Sides.

Many businesses with damaged storefronts or lost inventory were closed Monday, including grocery stores.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository posted on Twitter Monday that most of its partner food pantries were still open and operational. A searchable database of resources is available here.

City Bureau, a nonprofit civic media organization based on the South Side, has an extensive, searchable resource database that includes food sources.

Anyone without internet access can also text 312-436-2280 to ask about resources in their area.

South

  • National Teachers Academy, 55 W. Cermak Rd., noon to 1 p.m. Parents hand out free lunch to CPS students.
  • Burke Elementary, 5356 S. King Dr., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers distribute bags of food.
  • Shepherd’s Hope, 838 W. Marquette Rd., is operating at normal hours. While hot meal services end at 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the pantry will be open Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for groceries.
  • Social Works will serve lunch to the community at Hugs No Slugs Safe House, 6427 S. Ashland Ave., starting at 2 p.m.
  • Matthew House Soup Kitchen, 3728 S. Indiana Ave., was open Monday and will be open Tuesday. Serving hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and noon until 1 p.m.
  • The First Church of Deliverance, 4317 S. Wabash Ave., will be closed Monday and Tuesday, but it will open on Wednesday.
  • The First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • B&B Ice Cream and Candy, 8238 S. Racine Ave., will provide free hot dogs, fries, chips and drinks starting at 2 p.m.
  • Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., is operating at its regular hours. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m. and lunch at noon every weekday except Wednesday. Some pantry items will be available on a table outside the dining area.

West

  • Humboldt Park Montessori, 2540 W. Division St. ,12:15 p.m. until food runs out. Bagged lunches available for any families.
  • Pedro Albizu Campos High School, 2739 W. Division St., 9 to 11 a.m. Teachers hand out meals.
  • Pilsen Food Pantry, 1850 S. Throop St. Asking for volunteers to help with meal distribution.
  • Social Works will serve lunch to the community at Garfield Park Fieldhouse, 100 N. Central Park Ave., starting at 2 p.m.
  • Chase Elementary School, 2021 W. Division St., will start serving at 11:30 a.m.

North

  • Urban Grill Chicago, 1132 W. Wilson Ave., noon to 3 p.m. Offering free lunch to CPS students, with an option of a hot dog with fries or five boneless wings with fries.
  • Cesar’s Killer Margaritas, 3166 N. Clark St., 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Families can pick up boxed meals, but are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
  • Christ Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handing out milk, cereal and other food for all families who need meals.
  • Rogers Park Community Response Team, (773) 831-7668, will help connect families with food sources.

Northwest

  • Kelvyn Park High School, 4343 W. Wrightwood Ave., 11 a.m. until food runs out.
  • The restaurant Mi Tocaya and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association are passing out free meals to CPS families.
  • Monroe Elementary, 3651 W. Schubert Ave., 11 a.m. Tuesday until food runs out
  • The restaurant Mi Tocaya and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association are passing out free meals to CPS families.
  • McAuliffe Elementary, 1841 N. Springfield Ave., 6 p.m. Wednesday until food runs out.
  • Brentano Elementary, 2723 N. Fairfield Ave., 11 a.m. to noon. Teachers are distributing meals to CPS families and are taking food donations.
  • Bokeh, 4716 N. Kedzie Ave., noon until food runs out. Restaurant chefs are providing kids with meals.