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COVID-19 Community Resources

COVID-19 Community Resources

The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends social distancing as an effective means of reducing the spread of illnesses like COVID-19 - but social distancing can make accessing necessities a challenge. There are a number of community resources available to support residents, particularly seniors and young children, as local organizations and businesses make accommodations to be more accessible at this time.

Please note that this does not represent a comprehensive list of businesses and organizations in Highland Park, and will be updated as information is received. Suggestions for inclusion on this list may be submitted via emailScreen Shot 2020-03-13 at 11.30.44 PM

Grocery Delivery & Pick-up
Jewel-Osco
847.579.0872
Residents may order groceries for delivery online at www.jewelosco.com.

Sunset
847.432.5500 ext. 9
Visit www.sunsetfoods.com, then click "Online Shopping" to get started. Choose "eGrocer" to place an order and pick it up at the drive-thru. The fee for eGrocer is $4.99 for orders up to $150; eGrocer is a free service for orders $150+. Choose "Instacart" for delivery service. If you prefer to order by phone, call 847.432.5500 ext. 9. There is a 10% of total order service charge, and a $10 delivery charge. 

Food Banks
Moraine Township Food Pantry
847.432.3240
Moraine Township Food Pantry is open Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, and Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, at 800 Central Ave., Highland Park. Beginning March 16, the Pantry will distribute pre-bagged food to Pantry clients.  The Pantry will also provide food to families receiving breakfast and lunch via NSSD #112's free meal program; families do not need to be current clients of the Pantry to participate. Contact Moraine Township for additional information.

While Highland Park schools are closed through April 14, School District 112 will have drive-up grab and go breakfast and lunch available for all students age 18 and younger Monday-Friday 10AM-11AM at Oak Terrace School. Moraine Township will work at the Pantry to supplement food for families with school-age students and will provide groceries to families with students in the district whether or not they are existing Pantry clients. Moraine Township will be reassessing weekly how to meet the changing needs of residents.

Moraine Township needs volunteers! Many volunteers may be out for illness or as a precaution. If you are healthy and not at risk, please let Moraine Township know. They are keeping a sub-list to call for shifts. If you would like to volunteer to assist, please email volunteer@morainetownship.org and provide your availability. 

Moraine Township needs a lot more food than usual and is currently in need of donations of unexpired food to the Food Pantry, as well as paper bags with handles. Donations may be dropped off weekdays, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Please do not leave food outside of the listed hours) at 800 Central Avenue. Donations should be left on one of the tables set up outside the Moraine Township office.

Moraine Township Pantry is in need of (as of March 14, 2020):

  • Canister oatmeal or packets/cups
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups
  • Cereal – all kinds
  • Tuna
  • Boxes of crackers – all kinds
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce

Northern Illinois Food Bank
630.443.6916
The Northern Illinois Food Bank serves a number of counties in northern Illinois. Please contact them at the number above for the most up-to-date local resources. 

School Meals
Oak Terrace School 
240 Prairie Ave. 
Highwood, IL 60040
Rear of the building, Entrance #C-3
March 16-19; March 30-April 13
10:00am - 11:00am
Free meals (breakfast and lunch) will be provided to all residents ages 18 years and younger, regardless of the school district they attend. Meals will be distributed via curbside pickup at Oak Terrace School. Children must be present to receive a meal. Please note that meals will not be available during Spring Break, March 23-27. Download the flyer to learn more

Restaurants
On March 15, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that all dine-in restaurant service will be suspended from close of business March 16 through March 30. Although dine-in service will be unavailable, restaurants may continue pick-up and delivery service. 

See a list of restaurants offering delivery, carry out or curbside pickup here

Childcare
211, a service of United Way of Lake County
Call 211; text 898211
211 provides referrals to social services resources throughout Lake County. When you call 211, you'll be connected to a certified navigator who will provide the referral or information you need. Additional information is available on the website at 211lakecounty.org. Just enter your zip code and choose the type of service you need. Access personal, child, and family support here

Supplemental/Online Learning
Scholastic Learn At Home
This free resource provides 20 days of articles, stories, videos and activities. Scholastic Learn at Home is available on any device and provides up to three hours per day of learning activities. 

Comcast
Comcast has added educational programming for all school levels on the X1 & Flex services.  Just say “Education” into your voice remote (or find it on the guide).

Highland Park Public Library
Cardholders may access any of the Library's online resources even though the Library's building is closed. Highlights for children during this time include: 

Access Video On Demand: Just for Kids
The Just for Kids Streaming Collection for public libraries gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Includes PBS shows like Wild Kratts, Arthur, Dinosaur Train and more in addition to educational and language learning content.

Miss Humblebee's Academy
A fun, interactive online kindergarten-readiness learning solution with hundreds of lessons in Math, Science and Social Studies, Language and Literacy, Art, and Music! Miss Humblebee’s Academy assesses cognitive skills at regular intervals for measurable improvement toward kindergarten readiness.

ScienceFlix
Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.

TumbleBook Library for Kids
An online collection of books, talking books, puzzles, and games for kids.

Caregiving Agencies
BrightStar Care
847.782.8282
www.brightstarcare.com

 Freedom Home Care
847.433.5788
www.freedomhomecare.net

Gentle Home Services, Inc
847.444.1222
www.gentlehomeservices.com

Pharmacy (Delivery & Drive-thru)
TeleScript Pharmacy (Delivery)
630.299.3900
This pharmacy offers free, next-day delivery on 30- or 90-day prescriptions, and also offers a multi-dose packaging system, all free of charge. The pharmacist will contact the doctor directly when it's time for refills.

CVS Pharmacy (Direct delivery & Drive-thru)
1539 Clavey Road, Highland Park
847.831.6691
* Open 24 hours

CVS Pharmacy (Drive-thru)
2000 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park
847.681.1198

Jewel-Osco (Drive-thru)
1600 Deerfield Road, Highland Park
847.579.0884

Rides for Seniors
Connector Bus
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday
847.432.3325
The Connector Bus operates on a fixed route throughout Highland Park, and provides access to a variety of popular destinations. No changes are currently planned to the route, but the City has implemented additional cleaning and disinfecting procedures. The schedule is available here.

Internet Access
Comcast Internet Essentials
847-856-5211
To support schools, students and communities, Comcast is making some significant changes to its Internet Essentials program to ensure that all people have an opportunity to be connected, especially students who may be e-learning. New IE customers will receive the service free of charge for 60 days. All IE customers will receive a free speed increase to help support household use. Visit www.internetessentials.com to learn more and to submit an application for service. 

Xfinity Hostpsots
As of March 14, all Xfinity hotspots are free and open to everyone, even non-Comcast customers. 

Changes for Comcast Customers
As of March 14, all Comcast data plans have been upgraded to Unlimited for 60 days. All disconnects and late fees have been paused, but customers must contact Comcast to acknowledge the status of their account. 

Business Resources
Small Business Adminstration Disaster Relief Loans
The Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer disaster assistance loans to help businesses through disruptions caused by the coronavirus. The first step in making these funds available in Illinois is to notify the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity of the need for funds via this portal. This information is vital in assisting the State of Illinois in requesting an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration from the SBA. Once a declaration has been made by the SBA, information regarding the loan application process will be made available. 

Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resource Toolkit
The Highland Park Chamber of Commerce has compiled a toolkit for businesses to assist members during this time. The page will be updated regularly with information important to employers and business owners. 

Ways to Help
Moraine Township has taken the lead in compiling a list of volunteer opportunities to assist those in our community who may need extra assistance at this time. When it is available, we will share the link here. 

Information from Moraine Township (as of March 14, 2020)
The following update was provided by Moraine Township (Ph: 847.432.3240; website: www.morainetownship.org) on their services as of March 14, 2020:

Pantry: 
Beginning next week, Moraine Township will be distributing pre-bagged food to Pantry clients rather than allowing people to shop in the Pantry.  Moraine Township will try to supplement District 112’s daily food pick up for students at Oak Terrace with additional food for families and will provide food to families with students in District 112 even if they are not registered at the Pantry.

Door-to-Door Van: Effective immediately, Moraine Township has suspended their van program for all residents except those who use the service to attend dialysis and chemo medical treatments until it is safe to resume the program.

GA/EA/other benefit applications: Moraine Township will be helping residents with applications for Township or other assistance by phone rather than in person.

Seniors: With the suspension of the Moraine Township van program, staff working remotely will be calling clients who are seniors for wellness checks and also to inquire about food or transportation needs, and planning for assistance while keeping everyone safe.

VITA: Moraine Township has suspended its income tax preparation service until it is safe to resume.

Passports: Effective immediately, Moraine Township will not be processing passport applications.