Here are the food related service programs available in Evanston this summer Here are the food related service programs available in Evanston

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Over the past few years, Evanston has expanded its availability of fresh fruits and vegetables for residents of all ages. This summer, residents can access meals through a summer food program and a number of food pantries, and learn business management skills through food-related programs.

Summer food program

Free breakfast and cold lunches will be available Monday through Friday for youth ages 1-18 from June 13 through August 12. Meals are available at Dewey School, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Mason Park, Robert Crown Community Center, King School of the Arts and Oakton School.

Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Meals for seniors

The city provides year-round meals for seniors age 60 or older in five-day frozen meal packs through a take-out service. Eligible Evanston residents can apply online or visit the Levy Center to access meals through its drive-thru.

Seniors can have meals delivered by the North Shore Senior Center. The program offers frozen meals and meals suitable for dietary restrictions during delivery from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Produce Mobile

Interfaith Action of Evanston’s Produce Mobile visits Evanston on the second Tuesday of every month from 9:30am-11:30am. He distributes boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to Cook County residents at the Robert Crown Community Center.

According to Mary Beth Roth, who volunteers with Produce Mobile, Produce Mobile also distributes personal hygiene items like laundry detergent, bar soap and dryer sheets.

Pantry

Any Evanston resident can pick up food from pantries across the city, subject to availability and a limited number of pickups per month.

Evanston residents can pick up food at Connections for the Homeless from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; Evanston Vineyard Food Pantry 6-7pm Wednesdays; Hemenway United Methodist Church Pantry every second and fourth Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Hillside Food Pantry Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays 2-4 p.m.; Faith and Food Bank Sherman United Methodist Church between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays; and the Family Focus Giving Storeroom between 9 a.m. and noon.

Food as a job

YWCA Evanston launched a 12-week job training program in 2019 to prepare clients for jobs in the restaurant industry. The program is free and provides training in communication skills, interview practice, resume writing and basic financial management. Participants earn a ServSafe Food Handler Certificate and receive help finding employment.

Students do all the cooking for residents of the YWCA domestic violence shelter, according to Erin Venable, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

“A lot of people cook, but that’s the empowerment part,” Venable said. “You have skills that are employable and in demand. There is a huge food industry here and a lot of opportunities and resources to go with it. This is the launching pad for that.

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