CPS expanded the number of sites for CPS Grab & Go Meals. Please see below for the basics of this program. Scroll down for additional food assistance.
UPDATED 2.16: P-EBT (food benefits for families with school-aged children) is back. Some information below.
CPS Meal Sites webpage: find the most up-to-date list of meal sites citywide, plus Menus
- Direct link: Meal Site Locator, find the site nearest your address
- When you pick up food (or have it delivered) you should receive breakfast and lunch for 3 days for each child 18 and under
- Grab & Go pick up is from 8AM-1PM, Mon - Fri
- Your child does not need to be present
- You do not have to present an ID
- You do not have to be a CPS family
Food delivery is still available
- Use this form to request a delivery. This is the form for February.
- You can call CPS 773-553-KIDS(5437) for meal delivery. Please share this number with other families.
- Note: The maximum number of deliveries per household per week is two. Additionally, due to the high volume of requests, please be aware that a meal delivery takes an average of 4 days.
- From the ODLSS webpage:
Chalkbeat Chicago: Chicago Public Schools to expand free meal sites for fall
P-EBT benefits: On Feb 15, we started seeing information posted about the return of this program. Below are some links to learn more. [Please reach out to the IL Department of Human Services (IDHS) as they run the program though many organizations are incredibly helpful.]
- Greater Chicago Food Depository
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
- Chicago Coalition for the Homeless hosted a webinar on P-EBT.
- Have School-Aged Children? You May Be Eligible for Grocery Benefits During COVID
- The Southwest Collective has a Facebook post here and the questions and answers in the comments are really helpful!
- City Bureau's Chicago COVID Resource Finder | Text "covid" to 312-436-2280 to access via phone
- South Side Weekly: COVID-19 South Side Community Resource Guide | Vocalo: [COMUNIDAD]: GUIA DE RECURSOS COVID19 EN ILLINOIS
- The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Chicago’s network of food providers stand ready to support vulnerable families impacted by school closures or other hardships.
- Families outside of Chicago should check school and district websites and social media for details on how this will be handled in your community. Also look into local food banks. Here’s a map from Feeding America which might be helpful.
- Do you have the means to donate to the IL COVID-19 Food Response Fund? Here’s a link to the Feeding America IL COVID-19 donation page. Here’s a link to the Greater Chicago Food Depository donation page.