These local IL organizations are helping people get food during the COVID-19 pandemic

Anna Davlantes

Kari Vincent, left, shops at Food Fantasies, an organic and natural product grocery store in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, April 29, 2008. Money from the government’s economic stimulus plan have begun dropping into bank accounts, but with rising gas and groceries bills, early indications suggest that shoppers will focus on catching up on basics like meat or eggs, instead of buying a new TV or clothes. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

In light of the current COVID-19/coronavirus situation, Dan Gibbons, CEO of DanGibbonsFoundation.org, joins the Anna Davlantes show to talk about the different ways people can help support local food banks during this unprecedented time.

Below is a list of local food donation agencies across Illinois. ALL AGENCIES ACCEPT ONLINE DONATIONS.

  • Please call agencies and check websites for distribution times and protocol, as things are changing constantly.
  • Please call agencies for food donation drop-off times and volunteer opportunities.

Metropolitan Chicago

  • Greater Chicago Food Depository

Chicagosfoodbank.org

773-247-3663         *Call to find a pantry near you*

Northern Illinois -13 counties

  • Northern Illinois Food Bank

solvehungertoday.org

630-443-6910         *Call to find a pantry near you*

DuPage County

  • Peoples Resource Center – Wheaton/Westmont     *Pre-packed boxes*

Peoplesrc.org

630-682-5402

  • West Suburban Community Pantry – Woodridge   *Pre-packed boxes*

Wscpantry.org

630-512-9921

  • Loaves and Fishes Community Services – Naperville  *Pre-packed boxes*

Loaves-fishes.org

630-355-3663

Will County – Metropolitan Joliet area           *Pre-packed community lunches*

  • Catholic Charities – Joliet Diocese    

Catholiccharitiesjoliet.org                   

815-723-3405         

*They do have a shelter and will accept prepared food*

Community Needs:

  • Fresh Produce – especially items that keep well, like apples, carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cabbage, oranges
  • Dairy – milk, eggs, cheese
  • Canned goods – fruits, veggies and soups, especially low-salt or no sugar added
  • High Protein – peanut butter, tuna, beans, and canned chicken, chili, or stew
  • Whole Grains – whole wheat pasta, brown rice, cereal
  • Baby food, Enfamil – dry cereal and jars, veggie, fruit, meat
  • Household Items – diapers, bar soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry detergent, household cleaners
  • Diapers – especially sizes 4, 5 & 6           

Please remind people to do well-being checks with neighbors, especially seniors. Also, when in doubt – go to a local church, any denomination, and ask for guidance.

Anna Davlantes
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Anna Davlantes is a Chicago native, a seven-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who has broken major stories, passionately told small stories and exposed corruption that has prompted major investigations and reform. (Click for more.)
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