Food Connection

NORTHWEST COMPASS Food Connection program assists all clients who are unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families with perishable and non-perishable food items to supplement their food budget.

  • Assist clients in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs who are unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families with perishable and non-perishable food items to supplement their food budget
  • Provide information and benefits counseling to connect clients to other mainstream programs and agencies for additional support, such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program)
  • Provide information and education regarding nutrition, healthy diet and saving money on groceries
  • Network with area food pantries to support their service
  • Reduce hunger locally
  • Provide hunger relief to a greater number of clients and improve the nutritional value of food distributed
  • Help support food security* for our neighbors
  • Make information and resources available to those struggling to provide food for themselves and their families
  • Make information and education available to help families save money on groceries

Hunger in the US is defined as one’s inability to obtain sufficient food for their household. People skip meals, cut back on the quality or quantity of meals, and may potentially suffer malnutrition over time.

Food Security is defined by the USDA as “all people in a household having enough food for an active, healthy life at all times.”

NORTHWEST COMPASS FOOD CONNECTION services are offered free of charge to eligible clients. Training is available and volunteers are needed.


If you would like to help us support our neighbors in the Northwest suburbs through crisis, please Donate today. Northwest Compass is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact or visit our Get Involved page to learn about available opportunities.


Please contact or call +1 847 392 2344 today.


Volunteer Spotlight–Devi S. After completing an internship at NWC last year, Devi has continued working with us as a volunteer. She helps update data in the NWC back office, and also helps out transcribing recipes on the Cookbook committee. She is a student at Harper and enjoys reading, cooking and recently took up tae kwon do. Thank you Devi, we couldn't continue helping our neighbors in need turn crisis into opportunity without volunteers like you! ... See MoreSee Less

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