Direct2Food.org is designed to help members of the metropolitan Chicago community access the information and resources necessary to ensure food is on their tables. A useful tool for both service providers and consumers, Direct2Food gives visitors the ability to learn about the broad range of food assistance programs that can be utilized by people in need. Direct2Food includes a searchable directory to locate community-based food assistance programs, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, home delivered meals, and senior congregate dining sites. The site also lists the specific services offered, hours of operation, and who to contact with any additional questions. Information regarding eligibility requirements for public benefits to prevent food insecurity such as Food Stamps, Women, Infant, and Child (WIC), and other programs that help people in need of food is also available through Direct2Food.
Food providers can register their programs with Direct2Food by completing and submitting the online registration form. A member of the Direct2Food staff will contact the program after the registration form is received to provide access rights. All Direct2Food registered food providers will be provided with a username and password to access their program page and make any updates and corrections as needed.
Direct2Food was developed by the Illinois Food and Nutrition Advocacy Partnership which is comprised of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Age Options, Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of Chicago, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Health & Disability Advocates, Northern Illinois Food Bank, People's Resource Center, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and Vital Bridges. This program is supported in part by grants from Kraft Foods and the Sara Lee Foundation.