2020-2021 Fall Food Service Plan

Community Resources (RECURSOS DE LA COMUNIDAD)

Northern Illinois FoodBank
Food and personal supply donations are accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Illinois Foodbank, 273 Dearborn Ct. Geneva, IL.

Items are distributed at local food pantries. To see a list of distribution locations, please visit the Northern Illinois Foodbank website and enter your zip code.

Northern Illinois FoodBank: Solve Hunger Today

Northern Illinois FoodBank Flyer

Salvation Army Food and Utility Assistance

PATH (Providing Access to Help) and 211

This is available to anyone looking for basic needs, crisis and mental health services, financial assistance, health care, support groups, etc.

  • When using this resource, be sure to enter your zip code and city to get local resources
  • Click on any of the topics listed on the site to get more information
  • There are some resources for the Hispanic/Latino community as well
  • You can call 211 for someone to help you over the phone (Se habla espanol)
  • Ask for eligibility requirements to be sure you meet the criteria for services and have everything you need ready when applying

PATH está disponible para proporcionar recursos a cualquier persona de la comunidad, incluyendo necesidades básicas, servicios de crisis y de salud mental, asistencia financiera, atención médica, grupos de apoyo, etc. Llame al 211 para que alguien le ayude por teléfono. 

Food Pantry Resources:

  • Assisi Homes Batavia Apartments - Batavia, IL
  • Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry - Batavia, IL
  • St. Peter's Food Pantry - Geneva, IL
  • Salvation Army - St. Charles, IL
  • Neighborhood Food Pantries at Resurrection - Wayne, IL

Pandemic EBT Application Available

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application for families on May 1 at https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/. P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge.

Families that currently receive SNAP benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive NSLP free or reduced-priced meals will need to apply directly with IDHS. The fastest way for families to receive benefits is to complete the application for P-EBT available online (Click “Apply for Benefits” at the link.) A paper application in English and Spanish is also available and can be submitted by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov. IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. We are asking NSLP sponsors to share this flyer with their families.

ISBE is working in partnership with IDHS to ensure that this validation is available for all NSLP sponsors, both public and non-public. Thank you to all the schools that participate in the NSLP for submitting data by the April 17 deadline. We are asking that you please continue to verify that count so that all families who are eligible can access the additional financial support provided by P-EBT. Instructions for this crucial verification can be found online.

If NSLP sponsors need assistance with the data submission/update, please email the ISBE Nutrition Department at cnp@isbe.net. If families need technical assistance with the application, please direct them to email IDHS at DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov.

Nutrition Department, Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. First St., Springfield, IL 62777

cnp@isbe.net, www.isbe.net/nutrition