Food insecurity is a significant problem in Cook County.

It’s estimated that one in seven Cook County residents experience food insecurity each year, meaning they’re not quite sure where or when their next meal will be coming from.

Access to food is critically important to our patients. Food gives them the energy to heal and the nutrients they need to stay well. A nutritious diet is also key to ensuring that children grow up healthy and strong and mitigating chronic diseases in adults.

That’s why the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) has launched several initiatives to make sure food-insecure Cook County residents have consistent access to healthy food.

Those include:

Fresh Trucks

In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, CCHHS hosts the Fresh Truck, a mobile resource that provides CCHHS patients with fresh produce. CCHHS patients should talk with their health care provider about how to get connected to the Fresh Truck and other resources to help access healthy and nutritious foods.

The Fresh Truck visits the following CCHHS health centers on a regular basis:

Location Address Dates (through 2018) Time
Cottage Grove Health Center 1645 Cottage Grove Ave. Ford Heights, IL February 13, April 10, June 12, August 14, October 9 and December 11, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Logan Square Health Center 2840 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL January 23, March 27, May 22, July 24, September 25 and November 27, 2018 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Oak Forest Health Center 15900 S. Cicero Ave. Oak Forest, IL January 25, March 22, May 24, July 26 and September 27, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Robbins Health Center 13450 W. Kedzie Ave. Robbins, IL February 20, April 17, June 19, August 21, October 16 and December 18, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Englewood Health Center 1135 W. 69th St. Englewood, IL February 15, April 19, June 21, August 16, October 18 and December 20, 2018 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Prieto Health Center 2424 S. Pulaski Rd. Chicago, IL January 4, March 1, May 3, July 5, September 6 and November 1, 2018 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
CORE Center 2020 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL January 19, March 16, May 18, July 20, September 21 and November 16, 2018 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Austin Health Center 4800 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL February 1, April 5, June 7, August 2, October 4 and December 6, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cicero Health Center 5912 W. Cermak Rd. Chicago, IL February 6, April 3, June 5, August 7, October 2 and December 4, 2018 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Woodlawn Health Center 6337 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL January 16, March 20, May 15, July 17, September 18 and November 20, 2018 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sengstacke Health Center/ Provident Hospital 500 E. 51st St.,Chicago, IL 60653 January 9, March 13, May 8, July 10,
September 11 and November 11, 2018
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Fresh Food Markets

Fresh Food Markets will be hosted weekly at one of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System health centers in South Suburban Cook County.

Black Oaks Center, a local nonprofit, is partnering with CCHHS to make fresh fruits and vegetables available for sale at Oak Forest Health Center. Cash, credit, and Link cards (SNAP/EBT/food stamps) are accepted as forms of payment. Persons using their SNAP/Link card benefits to purchase will receive a Link Match Coupon, as part of the Link Up Illinois program, good towards the next purchase of fruits and/or vegetables.

If you have Medicaid or receive a medical card, you may be eligible for SNAP. Our partners at the Greater Chicago Food Depository can assist with SNAP applications. Visit their website or call 773-843-5416 to reach their Benefits Outreach team.

The market will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Oak Forest Health Center (15900 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Forest) every Wednesday.

* The Oak Forest Health Center Market will take place near the entrance to the Oak Forest Campus, off 159th Street, just past the security checkpoint.