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Here is your hyper local resource guide to Forest Park information during the Corona Virus pandemic including Food, Internet Access, Forest Park Businesses, Village Organizations, Schools, Medical and Mental Health Resources, and Homeless Resources. Questions? Let us know at askus@fppl.org.

Food

Howard Mohr Community Center Food Pantry
7640 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, IL
The Food Pantry at the Howard Mohr Community Center is open Monday to Friday this week (March 16-20) from 7:30 am-3:30 pm for curbside delivery of foods to FP residents in need.  Please call ahead, so they can prepare for you: 708-771-7737.

They will receive donations in the same way: call ahead, then connect curbside: 708-771-7737 They are accepting donations in food and monetary donations. 

District 91 Grab & Go Lunches available at the community center for District 91 students during Spring Break (March 23-27).

Little Free Pantry at the Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, IL
Anyone at anytime can take items from the Little Free Pantry. We hope it will be stocked with food and things people need like non-perishable food items and toiletry items, such as bars, canned goods (pop tops are best), proteins, personal care items, new socks, etc. We are not collecting razors, chemicals, clothing, homemade items, or unsealed or opened food. If you have a question, please ask in the library or email us at askus@fppl.org.
*If you need to pick up groceries please consider dropping things in our Little Free Pantry on your way home.*   

Forest Park Restaurant Delivery & Carry Out

Many of Forest Park’s great restaurants are available for carry out and delivery. Click on the Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook post listing options and contact info. 

Beyond Hunger
Beyond Hunger is open and giving away food.
Service hours:  Saturdays: 9 am – 12 pm, 1st Wednesday of the month, 6- 7:30 pm, and al other Wednesdays: 3:30- 5:00 pm.

They require a photo ID and proof of residence in their service area, which does include Forest Park.

Schools Bagged Lunches

District 91 Grab & Go Lunch
Free lunch is still available to all students during the week of March 16 through March 20. Families living north of I-290 pick up in front of Garfield School (543 Hannah Ave, Forest Park, IL ). Families living south of I-290 pick up in the vestibule behind Field-Stevenson/Forest Park Middle School (424 Des Plaines Ave, Forest Park, IL).

During Spring Break (March 23-27), the Grab & Go Lunches will be distributed at the Howard Mohr Community Center.

Lunches will continue to be distributed at the schools designated above from Monday, April 3-Friday, April 3.

If the closure is extended, District 91’s intent to continue to provide lunches. If that happens, you will receive a separate communication.

District 209 Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch
D209 will assist families during this time with free Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch. Families can pick up meals for school age children age 18 and under at the nearest PTHS D209 school. Breakfast will be served from 9 am to 10 am. and lunch will be served between 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Meals will be distributed at the Tower Entrance at Proviso East, the Visitor Entrance at Proviso West, and the North Entrance at PMSA.

Forest Park Retail & Service Business Info

Coming Soon!

Internet Access

Comcast
Comcast has announced 60 days free in-home, high-speed Internet access for low-income households, and open, free access to all XFINITY WiFi Hotspots for anyone. There are also additional initiatives.

Library WiFi Available Outside of Building
The Library WiFi will be available outside of the building. It can be accessed by anyone. We encourage social distancing if you decide to come to the Library and use the WiFi.

Medical Assistance

Where do people go to get tested?
Call your healthcare provider for instructions if you are experiencing symptoms.
*We will update as more information becomes available.*

Everyone should continue to:

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or tissue, throw away the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more essential information, call Illinois’ COVID-19 Hotline at 1.800.889.3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov

Mental Health

Manage Anxiety & Stress, from the CDC

Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to Cope with Fear, from PsychCentral 

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Looking for an online or phone Alcoholics Anonymous meeting?

Looking for an online or phone Al-anon or Alateen meeting?

Forest Park Organizations

Village Hall- Building Closed
Forest Park Vehicle Sticker Deadline has been extended until further notice.
Vehicle Sticker enforcement is suspended until further notice.
Pay water bills, parking tickets, vehicle stickers, etc. online, through the mail, or by utilizing the secure drop box placed next to the Village Hall front door.

The Village of Forest Park Lobby will be closed to the public until further notice. Staffing will be limited inside the building Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm for phone calls only if needed, please dial 708-366-2323.
The Police Department non-emergency Desk will be available by phone 24 hours a day please dial 708-366-2425. Please be assured that the Police Officers and Firefighters are not affected by this order and residents are urged to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
The Village of Forest Park has lifted the overnight parking band effective immediately.
We thank you for your continued corporation as we navigate this COVID-19 response. Please visit our website at www.forestpark.net for more information.

Pay vehicle stickers & parking tickets (needs Flash Player version 10.0.0 or greater)

Pay water bill

Questions? Police Parking Division: 708-366-7272 or Village Hall: 708-366-2323

Forest Park Public Library- Closed  

All programs and most services have been canceled. Library material due dates have all been extended to May 1. Digital materials and online learning resources are available with your library card. Don’t have a library card. Apply here. Need help with finding your PIN, paying a fine, etc. Let us know at askus@fppl.org.

Park District of Forest Park– Closed
All programs and facilities including outdoor facilities (bathrooms, skate park, soccer field, tennis courts, and in-line skate rink) are closed to the public from March 13-29. This is a fluid situation and could change.

The Park District’s customer service staff will be available via phone Monday-Friday from 8 am-6 pm at 708-366-7500.

Howard Mohr Community Center-Closed (Except for Food Pantry)
All programs and most services are canceled at the Community Center.

The Food Pantry at the Howard Mohr Community Center is open Monday to Friday this week (March 16-20) from 7:30 am-3:30 pm for curbside delivery of foods to FP residents in need.  Please call ahead, so they can prepare for you: 708-771-7737.

They will receive donations in the same way: call ahead, then connect curbside: 708-771-7737 They are accepting donations in food and monetary donations. 

During the District 91 Spring Break (March 23-27), the Grab & Go Lunches will be distributed at the Howard Mohr Community Center.

District 91 School District-Closed
The schools are closed from Monday, March 16 through April 3, returning on April 6. This is a fluid situation and could change.

The schools will be using e-learning days beginning March 16-20. Spring Break will continue as scheduled March 23-27. E-learning will continue on March 30-April 3.

Parents will updated as changes happen and decisions are made. To access the latest information go to: https://www.fpsd91.org/Page/1679.

Free lunch is still available to all students during the week of March 16 through March 20. Families living north of I-290 pick up in front of Garfield School. Families living south of I-290 pick up in the vestibule behind Field-Stevenson/Forest Park Middle School.

No lunch will be provided the week of spring break, March 23 through March 27. However, the following Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3, grab and go lunches will be provided. If the closure is extended, it is our intent to continue to provide lunches.

Proviso Township District 209 School District- Closed
All three Proviso Township high schools will be closed Monday, March 16 with a tentative return date of Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Please note that this timeframe includes Spring Break, which is scheduled from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27.

D209 will provide free meals during mandated school closures for school aged children 18 and under. Families can pick up meals at nearest PTHS D209 school. More info here.

Homeless Resources

Housing Forward news and updates

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Housing Forward will centralize PADS Shelter services and Support Center services at one location at Oak Park Temple, 1235 N. Harlem Avenue, Oak Park.  This centralization with 24/7 access will be in effect through March 30.

 

The 24 hour-a-day shelter site has been closed. All clients have been moved to individual accommodations effective Sunday, March 22. The Oak Park and Maywood offices and daytime Support Center are also temporarily closed. More info at Housing Forward: COVID-19 Update Page. Click here to donate to our Emergency Response Fund to help maintain shelter, food, and essential services for our clients.

Employment Resources

Coming Soon

Family Resources

Coming Soon

COVID-19 Resources

For reliable information on COVID-19, please go to the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health.