ACTION ALERT: Demand that CPS CEO Janice Jackson reopen all CPS meal sites

UPDATE 6.1.20 8PM: CPS announced that meal sites will reopen tomorrow, June 2. 

  1. Sign the petition. (You may have to skip this if is still offline.)
  2. Email your demand. 
  3. Post on social media. 

(photo credit: Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times)

Email your demand



Subject Line: Demand CPS Reopen the CPS Meal Sites Tomorrow June 2nd


Good morning,

My name is __ and I am a (CPS parent/caregiver, teacher, student, community member). I am calling to demand that CEO Janice Jackson reopen all meal sites tomorrow. The District has given out over 12.5 million meals and decided to shut down all meal sites at 10:30 pm the night before via email. Families depend on this food - especially if grocery stores are closed or damaged. Meal sites need to be opened. 


Post on Social Media

CPS has given out 12.5 million meals since COVID. That’s 200k meals a day. @chicagosmayor & @janicejackson - open the meal sites tomorrow!! #CPSFeedtheKids

How do you expect students to learn without food? @chicagosmayor & @janicejackson - reopen the food sites tomorrow #CPSFeedtheKids

Candidate @chicagosmayor brings in the light but closes 200+ meal sites the night before. Open the meal sites tomorrow #CPSFeedtheKids


Endorsing Orgs (in formation)

Access Living

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago

Blocks Together

Black Women Organizing for Power (BWOP)

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Chicago Teachers Union

Chicago United for Equity

Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)

Illinois Families for Public Schools

Legal Counsel for Health Justice

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Northside Action for Justice

Northwest Side Housing Center

Parents 4 Teachers

Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education


Need food now? 

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) application from the Illinois Department of Human Services: ALL students are eligible for the emergency Food benefits (P-EBT) from the close of school in March through the end of the school year regardless of income or national origin.  The March/April payments amount to $182.40 per child.  The benefit is $5.70 per school day per eligible child (school aged child).  Basically, this benefit is open to ALL CPS students and is retroactive to when school closed. Families can participate in both P-EBT and any meal distribution program that is currently available at their school. They do not have to choose one or the other, as these programs operate independent of each other. Please share this information widely to ensure families in need are receiving all available support during this difficult time. Flyers in English & Spanish here.


ICYMI… Late Sunday night, CPS announced they were suspending food distribution. At a press conference this morning, CEO Jackson said it was her decision to suspend the meal sites


(photo credit: Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times)