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 email.
Last updated May 19, 2020
Grocery Delivery & Pickup
Residents may order groceries for delivery online at www.jewelosco.com.
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.
Residents may order fresh grocery items from Country Kitchen via their website. Delivery is $5. Orders should be submitted online at countrykitchenhp.com.
Faith in Action Shop & Drop
Volunteer caregivers will handle your custom shopping orders and deliver to your door, at which you must leavea reimbursement check payable directly to your shopper. Volunteer shoppers can fulfill requests at a variety of stores: Jewel, Mariano's, Home Depot, Heinen's, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods, CVS, Target, Sunset Foods, Dollar Tree. This service is available to elderly, chronically ill, and disabled adults at this time.
Lake County Government Food Pantry Map
Lake County has created this interactive map to make it easier for residents to find information about nearby food pantries. The map is searchable by address or zip code, and provides details like hours of operation and contact information.
Moraine Township Food Pantry
Moraine Township Food Pantry is providing pre-bagged food to registered Pantry clients and to families receiving breakfast and lunch via NSSD #112's free meal program. Contact Moraine Township at 847.432.3240 for additional information.
While Highland Park schools are closed, School District 112 will have drive-up grab and go breakfast and lunch available for all students age 18 and younger Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 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 residents who need food but do not have school-age children and are not registered with the Pantry to complete and return a Pantry application. Applications are available on the front porch of the Moraine Township office at 800 Central Ave., Highland Park, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Illinois Food Bank
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.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Moraine Township will provide support in completing an application for SNAP.
Oak Terrace School
240 Prairie Ave.
Highwood, IL 60040
Rear of the building, Entrance #C-3
Ongoing while schools are closed
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 need not be present to receive a meal. Download this flyer to learn more.
See a list of restaurants offering delivery, carry out or curbside pickup here.
Housing, Mortgage, Rental & Utility Assistance
Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH)
847.263.7478 ext. 10
CPAH is accepting applications for rental and utility assistance for those whose income has been affected by COVID-19. Information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) criteria and the application forms are available on their website or by calling 847- 263-7478 ext. 10. Applications will be reviewed and assistance provided within 10 days, if possible, and as funds allow.
CPAH is also offering mortgage forbearance counseling. If you need help applying for mortgage forbearance (a pause in mortgage payments), or negotiating or understanding the terms of your lender's offer of mortgage forbearance, please contact CPAH at 847 263 7478 ext. 10.
CPAH continues to provide important services to the community around rental housing, home buying, foreclosure prevention, and more. Staff can be reached via phone and email. Classes and information sessions will be held as planned via Zoom. Classes offered include homebuyer education classes, financial capability workshops, and more, and registration is ongoing. CPAH has also prepared a list of housing resources as well as a list of community resources. CPAH shares a variety of information on Facebook.
Get Covered Illinois
Healthcare coverage options are available to those who have experienced a qualifying event, typically within the past sixty days. Special Enrollment Periods may be triggered by loss of healthcare, marriage or divorce, and more. If you have lost your healthcare coverage due to job loss from the pandemic, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period and be eligible to purchase health insurance on the Marketplace. Contact Get Covered Illinois at 800.318.2596, or visit Get Covered Illinois to view your options.
Moraine Township can provide assistance with signing up for Medicaid and email assistance with insurance through the Marketplace.
For assistance with Medicaid, call 847.432.3240.
For assistance with the Marketplace, email email@example.com and one of Moraine Township's Certified Application Counselors will set up a remote appointment with you to help with enrollment. They will ensure that you obtain the premium subsidies for which you may be eligible based on family size and income, and can also answer questions regarding deductibles and co-pays.
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.
The Following Highland Park Businesses are offering Virtual Fitness Classes
*This list may not be complete and is subject to change
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.
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.
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 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).
Pharmacies (Drive-thru & Pickup)
TeleScript Pharmacy (Delivery)
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
* Open 24 hours
CVS Pharmacy (Drive-thru)
2000 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park
1600 Deerfield Road, Highland Park
Freedom Home Care
Gentle Home Services, Inc
Faith in Action Hospital to Home Grants
Grants for professional caregiving services are available to ensure a safe discharge from the hospital to home. This service is available to elderly, chronically ill, and disabled adults at this time.
Resources for Seniors
The Highland Park Senior Center is communicating regularly with members via email and phone check-ins. Information about Senior Center programming is available in the quarterly issue of the Shorelines newsletter and the monthly issue of the Highlander. Some services of the Senior Center are still available remotely while City buildings are closed; please call 847.432.4110 to learn more.
Faith in Action
Faith in Action is providing a variety of services to elderly, chronically ill, and disabled adults at this time, including: essential transportation, volunteer shopping, homecare grants, telephone check-ins, contactless book delivery, and face covering delivery. Contact Faith in Action for more information.
The National Council on Aging's BenefitsCheckUp provides information about over 2,500 benefit programs available to seniors. Visit benefitscheckup.org and enter your zip code to learn more. An FAQ page provides information about how COVID-19 may impact some benefit programs.
NCOA also provides information about COVID-19 especially for seniors.
Rides for Seniors
Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Highland Park Connector service will be suspended until further notice, for the health and safety of riders. For transportation needs, please contact the City at 847.926.1000.
Faith in Action/GoGoGrandparent
Faith in Action is partnering with GoGoGrandparent, a nationally recognized ride service that provides a higher level of service to support the independence of older adults. Contact Faith in Action with an essential need for transportation.
Comcast Internet Essentials
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.
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.
Tax Preparation Services
Marina Shapiro - CPA's Inc is preparing pro bono tax returns for low-income families affected by Covid-19. Call 847-780-4750 for more information.
Resources for Businesses
The City is regularly sharing information for small businesses on a dedicated website page.
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.
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.
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