Services

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry provides hunger relief, benefits counseling, and nutrition education to eligible families living in 12 zip codes in Cook County. SERVICE AREA (green areas on map):

60130 Forest Park

60131 Franklin Park, Schiller Park

60171 River Grove

60176 Schiller Park

60301 Oak Park

60302 Oak Park

60304 Oak Park

60305 River Forest

60402 Berwyn, Stickney

60644 Chicago (Austin)

60651 Chicago (Humboldt Park)

60707 Elmwood Park

Food Distribution

Families select their own food at Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Quantities are limited within categories depending upon availability. For instance, a family may select up to 4 cans of vegetables one month, but another month vegetables may be limited to 3 choices. Usually frozen meat, fresh vegetables, dairy products and bread are also available. Clients tell us the food lasts up to a week. Of course that depends on the size of the family. Last year the average family received 45 pounds of food (including 9 pounds of fresh produce) at every visit. Clients may receive food from Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry ONCE per month. Due to limited quantities of food, clients requesting food twice in one month cannot be served.

All clients requesting food from the Food Pantry must provide a photo ID (driver’s licence, state ID, etc.) and proof of residence within our service boundaries if the address on the photo ID does not match current address (utility bill addressed to you, a letter from your landlord, etc.).

Individuals and families wishing to receive food must meet annual income guidelines set by the Illinois Emergency Food Assistance Program. Clients requesting food must sign a form stating that their family income does not exceed the following limits:

Family of 1: $1799 or less /month gross
Family of 2: $2425 or less /month gross
Family of 3: $3051 or less /month gross
Family of 4: $3677 or less /month gross
Family of 5: $4303 or less /month gross
Family of 6: $4929 or less /month gross
Family of 7: $5555 or less /month gross
Family of 8: $6181 or less/month gross
For each additional household member over 8, add $625

Benefits Counseling

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry offers assistance in applying for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “Food Stamps”)benefits and other forms of public aid. A Benefits Counselor will be on site during regular distribution hours to assist clients individually. For an appointment, call 708-386-1324, ext. 1106.