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CommunityHealth Clinic Meals for Staff

Chicago, IL

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CommunityHealth is the largest free health clinic in the U.S. Located on the west side of Chicago, CommunityHealthand serves only low-income, uninsured individuals – most of whom are at high risk because of diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or age. While many other clinics serving this population have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they remain open and focused on keeping these individuals out of hospital emergency rooms by caring for non-COVID-related conditions and providing COVID testing to those who need it. Meanwhile, as many people in Chicago are losing their jobs and health insurance, they continue to register new patients and become a medical home to many more. At CommunityHealth, in addition to primary care and testing, they also provide specialty care (cardiology, gynecology, etc.), mental health and social services, classes, and more to ensure patients can get and stay healthy. They offer all services in three languages to support a large immigrant patient base. In addition to all regular services, CommunityHealth is expanding its services during this difficult time to also provide food and hygiene products to patients for whom shelter-in-place is a matter of safety but who are also struggling to care for their families when they cannot work due to business closures and COVID risk. This meal sign-up is to support the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, front desk team, and other key staff who are putting themselves at risk every day to care for this extremely vulnerable population. The staff at CommunityHealth sends this thank you message- "We are so grateful to our community for supporting this critical need in the heart of Chicago." This is also a chance to support our local restaurants and delivery drivers. STAY HOME AND HEALTHY. Please sign up by "claiming" a meal time for a max of 20 PEOPLE (doesn't have to be 20! anything will help). You pick any local restaurant of your choice to place your order and utilize either their delivery service, Grub Hub, Uber Eats, Door Dash, or anything else. In your claimed spot please specify where the delivery will be from and a brief description of what is ordered. Make sure to indicate to the restaurant or delivery service that delivery must be made at the specified time, to the specified location detailed below in special notes, and in compliance with all the guidelines listed herein. GUIDELINES FOR FOOD DONATIONS – PLEASE REVIEW ALL: Deliveries must comply with appropriate guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety. - Food must be donated from a restaurant/caterer/food company that is monitored by health inspectors and has passed a health inspection in the last 12 months. - We are unable to accept homemade foods— as a precautionary measure for the safety and protection of our staff and patients - Please consider both meat and vegetarian options. INSTRUCTIONS/STEPS: 1. Select date/time of your choice by clicking "claim" to commit to sponsoring a lunch, dinner or coffee/snack time slots. 2. QUANTITY - Ideally, we’d like donations to feed 15-20 3. You pick any local restaurant of your choice to place your order and utilize either their delivery service or Grub Hub/Uber Eats/Door Dash. NO GIFT CARDS. 4. In your claimed spot please specify where the delivery will be from and a brief description of what is ordered - this is very helpful for the staff so they know what to expect. 5. Work with the restaurant and delivery person to provide them with specific instructions on where to deliver-- ***see special notes below**** 6. Deliveries have to be made at specific times as listed below. 7. Please note when calling to place your order please mention that you are donating your meal as we have found many restaurants are providing some type of discount for your good deed. We understand that during this uncertain time this is a substantial financial ask so we hope that people create small groups to help spread the cost. Also, please keep your receipts and check with your accountants/tax preparers to find out if you can utilize this as a tax deductible donation. We are doing our part by staying home, but this is one small thing we can do as a community to mobilize behind those that must go to work to help our communities! Thank you so much for contributing during this difficult time and please visit our Facebook Page for GiveInKind Meals for Chicago Area COVID-19 Healthcare Workers https://www.facebook.com/groups/217259053018656/


Special Notes

***Please drop off at CommunityHealth 2611 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60622. Contact-free delivery is available by dropping food off right inside the front door of the building, in the vestibule. When dropping off, please call 773-395-9900 to notify staff that the food has arrived. (There is a loading zone directly in front of the building for parking during delivery.) **Please understand as the situation continues to evolve healthcare clinics will be regularly updating their policies, delivery instructions and time slots. If you claim a slot in the future PLEASE MAKE SURE to check back just before delivery for updated instructions! *On our Facebook page, we are highlighting restaurants that have committed to offering special discounts to be used when ordering for a hospital. Please reach out if you are a restaurant owner and would like to participate. https://www.facebook.com/groups/217259053018656/

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