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Austin Pop-Up Food Pantries responded to increase need

700,000lbs of food given to nearly 10,000 households in just 3 months!

Austin Coming Together (ACT) has been working to connect the residents of Chicago’s Austin community with the resources they need since 2010. Now, the need has increased and ACT is responding.

ACT partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the City of Chicago to host “pop-up” food distribution events to provide access to a variety of healthy and nutritious foods, in

cluding fresh produce and shelf-stable items.

The events were hosted at the corner of Leamington and Kinzie in Austin, and each household received up to 75 pounds of fresh produce, meat, and fry goods to take home.

No residency restrictions were required and patrons could drive or walk up to get the groceries.

This effort was part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Racial Equity Rapid Response to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority communities on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

ACT continues to serve for residents and the community’s social service organizations by understanding changing needs and advocating for them whenever possible.

Click here to learn more about ACT’s COVID-19 Response Strategy.

Are you an Austin resident in need? Click here.

Click here to donate to Austin’s COVID-19 Response Fund that ACT has created, which directly supports our community.