LOCAL FOOD BOX
Plant Chicago partners with local farms to offer Local Food Boxes to our neighbors around the city. Boxes of local produce, bread, and eggs are available for pick-up at our Firehouse Market in Back of the Yards.
ABOUT LOCAL FOOD BOXES
20 boxes are available for purchase each week on a first come, first served basis. 10 boxes per week are reserved for Link card holders and households with lower incomes.
Boxes are offered on a sliding scale pricing structure, between $10 and $25.
$10 - price for Link card holders
$15 - suggested price for low-income households
$20 - actual monetary value of box contents
$25 - suggested price for households that have more financial resources to offer. This price helps cover costs to offer this program (staff time, sales tax, etc.)
Boxes contain one dozen eggs and a mix of 5-6 seasonal produce items from local farms*
*organic but non-local produce may be substituted during winter months
HOW IT WORKS
Requesting a Local Food Box
Boxes are available on a first-come, first served basis, with 50% of boxes reserved each week for Link card customers and households with lower incomes. Fill out this form to receive weekly updates about what's in the box.
Picking Up a Local Food Box
Pick up is offered during Firehouse Market open hours (Friday & Saturday 11am - 5pm). The Firehouse Market is located at 4459 S Marshfield Ave.
To inquire about whether boxes are still available on a given day, please call 773-847-5523.
Do you offer a la carte produce?
Yes, Plant Chicago has seasonal produce items from local farms available for purchase. All produce is eligible for Link matching on Fridays and Saturdays, which includes vendors at farmers markets.
Why is sliding scale and Link matching necessary?
Everyone should have access to locally grown and sustainably produced food, regardless of income. Small farms should not have to donate food in order for this to be possible.
How is this supported?
Please visit our support page if you are interested in donating to help us keep this program going.