Coronavirus Resource Guide
Evanston Resources for Aid and Volunteer Opportunities
City of Evanston Resources Page
An Evanston Facebook Group for information about Coronavirus:
Evanston Aid - Evanston local grassroots efforts to offer assistance
Evanston resident Maggie Vandermeer, an administrator of the Back On Their Feet Facebook group page, spearheaded the Evanston Aid website that connects residents to resources. Several other community organizers, including Michele S. Hays, Allie Harned, Husayn Almart, and Ismalis Nunez work together to coordinate.
If you need food or other resources or support, visit evanstonaid.com and click the "sign up for help" link (available in Spanish and Arabic if you scroll down). Fill out the form that pops up and someone will get back to you.
Emergency Food Pantry
The City of Evanston has partnered with Northwestern University's Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations to establish an emergency food pantry at James Park every Wednesday, beginning April 15 through the end of May, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The pantry will offer Evanston residents free, prepackaged boxes of food, including non-perishable items, produce, and protein. Boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Evanston Animal Shelter also distributes free dog and cat food at this event.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository's Producemobile distributes free shelf-stable food and fresh fruits and vegetables on a first-come, first-served basis every second Tuesday of the month. The program is co-sponsored by Interfaith Action of Evanston and the City of Evanston.
The Producemobile is scheduled to come to Evanston from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
For more information, please call 847-475-1150 or 847-869-0478.
The City has assembled a list of list of Additional Food Resources.
The information below came from Evanston Patch Page:
Evanston: Food for Youth
City of Evanston Illinois Government/Evanston Township High School (ETHS)/Evanston/Skokie School District 65
The City of Evanston, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and ETHS District 202 have partnered to provide food distribution services to assist those affected by school closures. Youth can pick up free, cold breakfasts and lunches at locations throughout the city on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Youth can pick up five days worth of meals at one time. Meals will be grab-and-go; no meals will be eaten on site.
Meals can be picked up at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.; Robert Crown Community Center, 1801 Main St.; Kamen Park David Wood Fieldhouse, 1111 South Blvd.; and Mason Park, Church Street and Florence Avenue.
Can you help? Shelf-stable foods needed!
At each distribution site, there's a "give-and-take" bin. They're usually just inside or just outside the door. Each bin has a flyer that says "take what you need, give what you can," on the top. At the parks, the bins are black with a yellow top. If you have cans or boxes of soup, stews, ravioli, or any other shelf-stable foods, please consider dropping some off at the distribution location nearest you!
Want to make a "give-and-take" bin?
Find out how here; then, register it on this here so people can find it.
Evanston: Senior Meals
The Levy Center and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center's Meal Program will continue to provide meals to seniors in to-go containers for pickup only. Seniors unable to leave their homes may arrange for someone else to pick up meals for them. Please call 847-448-4311 to make arrangements
Evanston: Calendar of Local Pantries and Soup Kitchens
Michele Hays and her team at the Back On Their Feet Facebook group have created a calendar listing all the local pantries and soup kitchens. You can find that here.
Evanston: Caterers and Restaurants Offering Free Meals
Feast & Imbibe and Soul & Smoke, 1601 Payne Street
These guys have been giving out free individually packaged meals for the past week to anyone in need in the community. Yesterday they donated 225 meals and are on track to do the same today. They offer free, no-touch deliveries.
Need a Meal?
Just call 847-859-2732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you help?
Purchase a meal for someone in need. Details here.
- Buy a gift card for $25.
- Sponsor an individual meal for someone in need for $30
- Sponsor 20 Meals for the Evanston Emergency Department Workers for $30
- Sponsor meals for 200 people for $3,000
You can also Venmo to feastandimbibe or Zelle to email@example.com.
They're in great need of disposable containers (they'd prefer eco-friendly, but will take what you have)
If you're a restaurant or caterer with food or other items that will otherwise go to waste during this time, please consider donating!
Call 847-859-2732 or drop off at 1601 Payne Street
Evanston: Jennifer's Edibles, Inc
Jennifer Easonand William Scott Eason have been working tirelessly for the past week to prepare and deliver meals to Evanston's seniors and most vulnerable residents. They started with five meals and are now preparing and delivering 30 meals a day and growing. For many in our community, this is the ONE meal they eat each day.
Need a Meal?
Text 224-717-1835 after 9 a.m. each day.
Can you Help?
Jennifer's Edibles needs financial donations! Donate by calling 224-717-1835. They will take your donation over the phone. One meal costs around $5 to $7. Consider donating for one meal, or for as many as you're able. Dear Evanston is working on a GoFundMe for Jennifer's and will post as soon as it's ready.
If you have a car, are you available to drive in the evenings? If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what days you're available and give us your phone number. We'll gather this information and pass it along to the Jennifer and William.
They're looking for folks who can go to the grocery store for ingredients. Again, if you have a car and can spare some time, they need you.Email email@example.com and let us know what days you're available and give us your phone number.
Evanston: Chef Q/Teertsemasesottehg
Beloved Evanston Chef Quis Ibraheem AKA "Chef Q" is offering meals to a child and their parent or guardian (whom she's dubbed "coworkers" who are experiencing financial difficulties during the pandemic). Chef Q spends much of her time working with Evanston kids at the Foster Street Urban Agriculture Program and elsewhere, teaching them how to grow food and cook healthy meals. "In one week," she says, "We've received calls from numerous parents and grandparents simply requesting a hot meal. Comfort food is needed more than ever right now!"
Her team will deliver healthy ready-to-eat meals to doorsteps with zero contact.
Can you help?
- Kid + Coworker: $24 buys dinner for a child and a parent
- Executive Team: $48 buys dinner for a family of 4
- Pension Plan: $120 buys ten individual grandparent meals
Evanston: Connections for the Homeless
Connections is open and needs your help more than ever
Their top need is volunteers who have experience working with participants, either at Connections for the Homeless or a partner organization. They have many opportunities in different locations and times of day. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form and they will get back to you as soon as we can.
They continue to need lunch bags at their 2010 Dewey Avenue location. Please sign up here.
They also need increased financial support for everything from crisis housing solutions, cleaning supplies, emergency supplies, and overtime pay. Please consider making a gift today.
They need can openers, cereal, and tuna. Please drop donations at 2121 Dewey Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ring the bell and they'll open the door.
Please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) Connections' Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
Also visit Connections Amazon Wish List.
Interfaith Action of Evanston
The Interfaith Action of Evanston Hospitality Center at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge Ave., remains open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11a.m. Guests receive breakfast and a safe place to sleep. It's become more difficult for volunteers to shop and keep up supplies. Purchase from this Amazon Wish List and your purchase will be delivered directly to IAE. Any items purchased on this list will be delivered directly to the Hospitality Center.