Please see our NEW webpage for Fall 2020: CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites Fall 2020: The Basics | COVID-19.
UPDATE 9.2: In an email today, CPS says that Grab & Go Summer Meals will be closed on Fri, Sept 4, and Mon, Sept 7, because of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Also, Grab & Go Meal Sites will continue and be expanded starting the first day of school, Tues, Sept 8. Meal Sites will be open from 8AM - 1PM during the school year. This page will no longer be updated.
NOTE: See far below for additional food assistance.
CPS Meal Sites webpage to find the most up-to-date list of meal sites citywide
- Sites are subject to change or closure so check before you go
- There are 270 total sites
- 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 9am - 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
- UPDATED Aug 25: Use this form to request a delivery. This is the form for August.
- 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.
- Food sites will be closed Friday, July 3rd, in honor of Independence Day.
- Printable flyers. Flyers as images below.
UPDATED 8.7.20: Deadline now extended to August 31.
- In this tweet from ISBE: The IL Department of Human Services extended the deadline to recieve P-EBT until July 31.
- From ISBE 6.23.20: Did you know families with children who received free or reduced-priced meals at schools participating in NSLP are eligible for P-EBT benefits? Find out more information on the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits (Spanish Version of the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits). The deadline to apply is June 30.
- CPS is offering assistance with this potential benefit. Please see this CPS University Facebook post from June 30, 2020. You can call 773.553.KIDS(5437) or there is a form (SNAP and Medicaid Assistance) to fill out to request CPS assistance.
- 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. Flyers in English & Spanish here.
- 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. A full list of locations is available here.
- 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.
- Grocery Store Status Map (City of Chicago)