There are thousands of pantries in Chicago ready to provide a hot meal or groceries to those who need them.
Food insecurity in Chicago is rising steadily, preventing many residents from having a daily meal. According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, based on Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap Study, one in seven people in Cook County will experience food insecurity this year.
However, to help with this problem, thousands of food pantries hand out groceries from canned goods, bread, fruit, meat, and more. Hundreds of hot meal programs also provide a warm meal to fill the stomachs of those who haven't had one in a while.
Ten food pantries and hot meal programs for residents in need
Sheldon Heights COC Pantry: 11301 S Halsted, Chicago, IL 60628 (Tues. 10 am- 12 pm, 4
pm- 6 pm, Thurs. 4 pm- 6 pm) (Pantry/Grocery Distribution)
Allen Metropolitan Church: 10946 S Lowe Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (Wed. 4 pm- 6 pm) CLOSED Aug 24 & 31. (Hot meal program)
Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Program: 721 N La Salle Dr., Chicago, IL 60604 (Wed., Thurs., Fri. ( 9 am- 11:30 am, 1 pm- 3 pm) (Pantry/ Grocery Distribution)
Breaking Bread Ministries: 1111 N Wells St Ste 500, Chicago, IL 60610 (Wed. 6 pm- 7 pm) (Hot meal program)
TSA: Chicago Temple: 1 N Ogden Ave, Chicago IL, 60607 (Tues. 10 am- 12 pm) (Pantry/Grocery Distribution)
St. Pius Parish Pantry: 1919 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 (Mon., Fri., Sat. 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm) (Hot meal program)
Pilsen Food Pantry: 1850 S Throop St., Chicago, IL 60608 (Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri., 10 am- 1:30 pm, Thurs. 2 pm- 5 pm) (Pantry/Grocery Distribution)
Meals Ministry: 126 E Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611 (Tues., Wed., Thurs., 12 pm- 1 pm, SUNDAY SUPPER 4 pm- 5:30 pm) (Hot meal program)
Northwestern Settlement House: 1400 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622 (Tues., Wed., Thurs. 9 am- 12 pm) (Pantry/ Grocery Distribution)
Providence Soup Kitchen St. Stanislaus Kostka: 1351 W Evergreen Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. 11:30 am- 12:30 pm) (Hot meal program)
To view the complete list, or find one specifically near you, visit the Chicago Food Bank website. Make sure you call to confirm the hours and requirements before you go.