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.
Fresh Food Markets
CCHHS’ Fresh Food Markets will reopen outdoors at three locations the first week of June 2018.
As part of our mission to improve the health of our patients, staff, and community, CCHHS will continue to partner with Black Oaks Center and Healthy Food Hub to sell fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a host of whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, herbs, spices, teas and more.
CCHHS is also partnering with Experimental Station’s Link Up Illinois Link Match Program to provide SNAP users with a LINK match on all purchases at Fresh Food Markets. Fresh Food Markets accept various forms of payment, including senior farmer’s market coupons, WIC farmer’s market coupons , and debit/credit cards.
Starting the week of June 4, Fresh Food Markets will be reopening outdoors at Cottage Grove Health Center, Oak Forest Health Center and Robbins Health Center.
For those who can’t wait until June, though, the Oak Forest Health Center Fresh Food Market is open year-round, taking place indoors in the Oak Forest Health Center auditorium near Building E.
The right types of foods can be prescriptive, preventive, and protective. CCHHS Fresh Food Markets help patients manage their diabetes and other health conditions, provide staff with healthy snack/meal options, and give the community more locations to purchase healthy, affordable food in South Suburban Cook County.
Visit any or all of the three CHHS Fresh Food Markets around noon for “Therapeutic Foods Sessions” hosted by Dr. Jifunza Wright-Carter, co-founder of Black Oaks Center and a former CCHHS Resident and Family Physician who has woven whole foods into patient care for more than 30 years. Learn about the therapeutic nutrients in market selections and how to prepare foods to get the greatest health benefits to address common health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Dr. Wright is available to support you in making your transition to healthier eating.
The Fresh Food Markets feature ‘Grown in the USA,’ fair trade selections whenever possible, as well as organic produce, and never Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Locally grown selections will be available this spring with the reopening of the outdoor markets.
Can’t always make it to the markets but you still need to secure your key essentials to be well? Rx Bags, which are bags of healthy produce that can be pre-ordered, are available with a subscription to a service called MY TAB. For as little as $20 per month put on your MY TAB, we will prepare your order for pick up or to be delivered. Inquire at the markets for more information.
LINK MATCH AVAILABLE AT EVERY MARKET
Double your value dollar for dollar up to $20 with your active LINK card
Outdoor Fresh Markets reopen the week of June 4 and will continue 10am-2pm weekly at all three locations. See below for additional details:
- CCHHS Cottage Grove Health Center, 1645 Cottage Grove Avenue in Ford Heights – EVERY Monday, starting June 4
- CCHHS Oak Forest Health Center, 15900 S. Cicero Avenue in Oak Forest (entrance on 159th Street) – EVERY Wednesday, starting June 6
- CCHHS Robbins Health Center, 13450 S. Kedzie Avenue in Robbins – EVERY Friday, starting June 8
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.|
Children 18 years and younger can get free, healthy meals at these CCHHS health centers. You do not need to be a current patient of CCHHS to access Summer Meals. Other Summer Meals sites can be located by calling 1-800-359-2163 or by visiting Summer Meals Illinois.
|Site Name||Address||Start/End Dates||Days/Times of Operation|
|Cottage Grove Health Center||1645 Cottage Grove Ave. Ford Heights, IL||June 25 through August 31||Monday – Friday
11:30am-1:00pm; 1st Fri of the month 11:00 am-12:00pm
|Englewood Health Center||1135 W. 69th Street Chicago, IL 60621||June 25 through August 31||Monday – Friday 11:00am-12:30pm|
|Robbins Health Center||13450 W. Kedzie Ave Robbins, IL 60472||June 19 through September 3||Monday – Friday 11:30am-12pm|