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Beyond Hunger Needs Canned Goods Now! Shelves Almost Empty! Please Donate

Beyond Hunger Food Pantry’s food distribution channels are not able to provide enough canned goods and our pantry shelves are near empty. We need your help to keep providing the variety of nutritious food that our neighbors need to put dinner on their tables.

Beyond Hunger is in need of the following canned goods:
Canned Vegetables
Canned Soups
Canned Meat Meals-such as ravioli

Canned Meat-such as tuna
Our donation drop off hours are:
Monday 10am to 4pm
Tuesday 10am to 4pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm
Friday 10am to 4pm

*Please do not drop off donations on Wednesdays as we reserve this day to serve clients.

Beyond Hunger is located in the basement of First United Church of Oak Park at 848 Lake Street in Oak Park.

When arriving to donate canned goods please come to the rear entrance in the parking lot off of Kenilworth and look for our drop off window.

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NABA Reaffirms Stance On Discrimination

During these tough economic and divisive times. The North Avenue Business Association wants to remind and reaffirm the North Avenue community that it’s 20 year long mission to represent and support the businesses and residents interests in the North Avenue Business District is stronger than ever.
The North Avenue Business Association also strongly denounces any business, organization or individual that discriminates on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
NABA will continue to work hard to equally help those in both Chicago and Oak Park succeed in their endeavors.
If you know of any cases of discrimination or bias listed above, please contact NABA President Lee Owens by calling 773-610-3800 or at
The North Avenue Business Association is also here to help with any businesses or organizations that have suffered due to the Covid-19 Pandemic or the George Floyd Protests. NABA Mission Statement

Mayor signs Obama Pledge to review police use-of-force policies

Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb has joined his peers from across the nation who have taken the Obama Foundation Pledge to address police violence and systemic racism by evaluating local police use-of-force policies. An internal review of all Oak Park Police operational procedures and policies had been underway since LaDon Reynolds was named chief last year, but the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and widespread protests that followed have added a new sense of urgency to the effort, officials said.
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Paycheck Protection Program Opens Back-Up. Illinois Stay at Home Order Revised



 Paycheck Protection  Program has been refunded and opens back up for applications. But there are things to do to make sure you get your cut of the money. Click link below to see what you need to do.
   Illinois Stay at Home Order Extended Until End of May- Some Non-Essential Businesses Allowed to Open- Masks Made Mandatory
  Illinois Govenor JB Pritzker updated and revised Illinois Covid-19 orders. Shelter in Place extends another month. But some businesses get green light to re-open. To see all the changes, click link below.
                        Updated Illinois Covid-19 Stay at Home Order 


CAA The Hearing Place Offers Curbside Service to Those In Need

CAA The Hearing Place  6905 West North Avenue in Oak Park 708-445-7171. Will be OPEN for emergency appointments only, but closed to foot traffic. In addition, CAA Owner Cyndy Chow says The Hearing Place will provide free curb-side hearing aid clean and check appointments to children, healthcare workers, police, firefighters and EMT’s through April 10th. For more information Call Cyndy Chow at CAA The Hearing Place at 708-445-7171.

Beyond Hunger & Chicago Public Schools Still Feeding Those In Need During Coronavirus Outbreak


Community Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens & Shelters | Helping Harvest

 Beyond Hunger (Formerly Oak Park Food Pantry) and the Chicago Public Schools continue to feed those in need during the Covid-19 Outbreak.  Beyond Hunger has expanded it’s services by delivering to seniors who can not come to its.  For more information call Beyond Hunger at 708-386-1324. 

Chicago Public Schools is offering meals between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at all CPS district schools, as well as select charter schools. For information on this and school day care click link below. Official Chicago Public Schools Link

Chicago Public Schools Offer Free Meals During School Closures

         All Chicago Public Schools will offer free meals for students starting Tuesday during the nearly two-week school closure due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all schools to close through March 30 statewide in order to help contain the rapidly spreading virus.Free meals will be offered between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at all CPS district schools, as well as select charter schools, according to a news release. For information on this and school day care click link below.                                 

Chicago Public Schools Official Website               

Covid-19 Business and Individual Diaster Relief Links Along with Updated List of North Avenue Restaurants and Businesses Open!

  Despite these tough times many North Avenue Businesses are still open for business during the Covid-19 shutdown. Some are offering carry out and delivery services. Others are offering discount sales on items and gift cards.
  Our friends at the North Avenue District were kind enough to send us a list to circulate. Please circulate to others and if possible do business with the businesses on this list attached below. If you know of others, let us know at

                       North Avenue Open Businesses and Sales

More Covid-19 Business Disaster Relief Websites, Loans and Unemployment and other information

                Here are several links to help you whether you are a Chicago or Oak Park business or individual dealing with hardships from Coronavirus. You may encounter busy signals and trouble signing on and downloading. But keep at it. If you need more help or have other resources, please let us know at

Click Oak Park Chamber Covid-19 Web Page below which has business information no matter where your business is including applying for disaster relief loans.               
 Oak Park Chamber Covid-19 Disaster Relief Page

  Oak Park Education Development Corporation Resource Website
    Click here for even more business links courtesy of the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation

Illinois Non-Profit Relief Program
   $250 Million is available to help Illinois non-profit organizations in need. For more details read below.
   Illinois Covid-19 Relief Fund for Non-Profits
   Illlinois Covid Response Fund Info


         More Covid-19 Financial and Personal Help Links
    Here are other links to help you with business and personal solutions like unemployment benefits and cabin fever for dealing with Covid-19 shutdowns and changes.

   Illinois Unemployment Benefits During Covid-19

      Tips for Approaching a Lender For Financial Help

                 Five Ways To Help Small Business Survive Coronavirus

        100 Things To Do If Trapped Inside Due to Epidemic