Food Programs

Food insecurity is a significant problem in Cook County. 
An estimated one in seven residents are not sure where or when their next meal will be coming from. 
To help ensure our patients and children have access to a nutritious diet, we’ve launched several programs so food-insecure Cook County residents have consistent access to healthy food. 
Fresh Food Markets 

As part of our mission to improve the health of our patients, staff and community, we have partnered with Black Oaks Center and Healthy Food Hub to sell fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, herbs, spices, teas and more to residents in south suburban Cook County.  

The Oak Forest Health Center Fresh Food Market is opened year-round, while our locations at Cottage Grove Health Center in Ford Heights and Robbins Health Center are open seasonally.  

Cottage Grove Health Center Fresh Food Market

1645 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Ford Heights, IL 60411
Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm*
*First Friday of the Month from 9 am - 12 pm

Oak Forest Health Center Fresh Food Market

15900 S. Cicero Ave.
Oak Forest, IL 60452
Wednesdays from 9 am to 2 pm

Robbins Health Center Fresh Food Market

13450 S. Kedzie Ave.
Robbins, IL 60472
Thursdays from 11 am to 3 pm

Fresh Food Markets accept various forms of payment, including senior farmers’ market coupons, WIC farmers’ market coupons, and debit/credit cards. 

Cook County Health has also partnered with Experimental Station’s Link Up Illinois Link Match Program to provide SNAP users a LINK match on all purchases at Fresh Food Markets. Double your value dollar-for-dollar up to $20 with your active LINK card. 

Can’t always make it to the markets but 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, MY TAB will prepare your order for pick up or to be delivered. Inquire at the markets for more information. 

Fresh Truck 

In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Cook County Health hosts Fresh Truck, a mobile resource delivering fresh produce to Cook County Health patients.  

The Fresh Truck visits the following Cook County Health centers on a regular basis: 

Location Address 2019 Dates Time
3250 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
March 21, May 16, July 18, Sept. 19, Nov. 21
9 am -10:30 am
4800 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60651
Feb. 7, April 4, June 6, Aug. 1, Oct. 3, Dec. 5
10:30 am to 12 pm
5912 W. Cermak Rd. Cicero, IL 60804
Feb. 5, April 2, June 4, Aug. 6, Oct. 1, Dec. 3
9 am - 10:30 am
1645 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Ford Heights, IL 60411
Feb. 12, April 9, June 11, Aug. 13, Oct. 8, Dec. 10
10:30 am to 12 pm
2424 S. Pulaski Rd. Chicago, IL 60623
Jan. 3, March 7, May 2, Sept. 5, Nov. 7
9 am - 10:30 am
1135 W. 69th St. Chicago, IL 60621
Feb. 21, April 18, June 20, Aug. 15, Oct. 17, Dec. 19
9 am - 10:30 am
500 E. 51st St. Chicago, IL 60615
Jan. 8, March 12, May 14, July 9, Sept. 10, Nov. 12
9 am - 10:30 am
2840 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
Jan. 22, March 26, May 28, July 23, Sept. 24, Nov. 26
9 am - 10:30 am
3525 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60653
Feb. 21, April 18, June 20, Aug. 15, Oct. 17, Dec. 19
1 pm - 2:30 pm
15900 S. Cicero Ave. Oak Forest, IL 60452
Jan. 24, March 28, May 23, July 25, Sept. 26
10:30 am to 12 pm
13450 S. Kedzie Ave. Robbins, IL 60472
Feb. 19, April 16, June 18, Aug. 20, Oct. 15, Dec. 17
10:30 am to 12 pm
2020 W. Harrison Chicago, IL 60612
Jan. 18, March 15, May 17, July 19, Sept. 20, Nov. 15
9 am - 10:30 am
6337 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60634
Jan. 15, March 19, May 21, July 16, Sept. 17, Nov. 19
11 am to 12:30 pm

If you would like to learn more about the Fresh Truck, please talk to your health care provider about how to get connected.  

Summer Meals  

Children 18 years and younger can get free, healthy meals at the Cook County Health centers listed below. You do not need to be a current patient of Cook County Health to access Summer Meals. Other Summer Meals sites can be located by calling 1-800-359-2163 or by visiting Summer Meals Illinois. 

Location Address 2019 Dates Hours of Operation
1645 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Ford Heights, IL 60411
June 11 through August 31
Monday through Friday, 12 pm - 1 pm
No meals on July 6 or August 3
1135 W. 69th Street Chicago, IL 60621
June 20 through August 31
Monday through Friday, 11 am to 12:30 pm
13450 W. Kedzie Ave. Robbins, IL 60472
June 19 through August 31
Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 12 pm

Blood Bank

On March 15, 1937, Dr. Bernard Fantus founded the nation’s first blood bank at Cook County Hospital.
The establishment of the blood bank has made modern surgery and resuscitation in critical care, trauma and obstetrics possible due to the ability to store and transfuse blood. Each year, nearly 21 million blood components are transfused and there are more 15.7 million blood donations at blood banks around the country. 
The Cook County Health Blood Bank is now located at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and supports more than 15,000 transfusions a year, including over 100 large volume transfusions for patients with traumatic injuries or hemorrhagic shock. 
One blood donation saves three lives. If you’re interested in donating, please call us at (312) 864-6000. 
You are eligible to donate blood if you: 
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds 
  • Are in good physical health 
  • Are at least 17 years old 
  • Have not given blood in the past eight weeks (56 days) 
You are not eligible to donate blood if you: 
  • Have had hepatitis (not including childhood exposure) 
  • Are currently pregnant 
  • Have ever tested positive for HIV, have engaged in high risk behavior or have had intimate contact with anyone at risk for AIDS 

Community Classes & Support Groups

Providing support to those in need   
Cook County Health is committed to improving the health of our patients and our communities. We offer community classes and support groups to ensure our patients stay on course with their treatment and have access to the latest findings and research regarding their personal health care needs.  

MEND Program

Does your child have a medical condition that:
  • Is hard to manage?
  • Makes family life a challenge?
  • Is stressful for you and your child?
  • Is causing other problems such as missing school?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re not alone. The MEND program can help.

Download our brochure here to learn more or call Maria Macias at (312) 864-1247 to schedule your individual meeting,.

WIC – New!

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a food supplemental and nutrition education program for pregnant women, new mothers and young children to promote healthy eating and diets.
WIC is offered at all Cook County Health outpatient locations, including the Arlington Heights Health Center.

Please click here to learn more about our WIC program. 

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