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Cereal Bowl 2017 – Results

Rolling Meadows High School vs. Elk Grove High School

Thank you to all of the students, faculty, family and friends from Elk Grove and Rolling Meadows High Schools that, on Friday, October 6, 2017, donated boxes of Cereal and competed for the coveted Cereal Bowl traveling trophy.  The winning school this year was Elk Grove.  It was a tight competition with the “Home of the Grenadiers” edging out the Rolling Meadows “Mustangs” by collecting more boxes of cereal, 952 to 900, than their rival school.  The healthy competition between the two schools each year results in a windfall of cereal boxes that are collected and donated to the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry.  The Cereal Bowl event was created in 2016 to raise awareness about hunger, and the ongoing needs to help keep food stocked at the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry that is currently serving an average of 160 families per month.  Thank you again to all of the donors that supported their favorite team.  Please contact the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry (847.437.0300) to make a donation or to learn how you can support the efforts to provide food assistance to local in-need residents.

Elk Grove Township’s General Assistance Department administers several programs.  Please contact us for more information at 847-437-0300. Or drop us an e-mail at

General Assistance:  (How to apply.)

General Assistance, or GA, is a public assistance program mandated by state law for adults that are ineligible for state or federal programs and who meet financial requirements.  GA can provide monthly allotments for shelter, food, clothing, personal essentials, and transportation through direct vendor disbursements. Decisions of eligibility are made based upon state guidelines.  Those interested township residents in need should click the “how to apply” button above for a list of instructions or call the General Assistance Department with any questions.

Emergency Assistance:  (How to apply.)
Emergency Assistance, or EA, is available to families with children who are facing a life threatening circumstance (such as eviction or utility disconnection) and meet township established financial guidelines should click the “how to apply” button above for a list of instructions or call the General Assistance Department with any questions.  Families receiving TANF or SSI are ineligible.

Access To Care Intake:
Access To Care is a program offering primary medical care and treatment for minimal co-payments.  Suburban Cook County residents not covered by private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare and who qualify financially can enroll.  Please call the General Assistance Department to inquire.

Information and Referral:
In addition to township programs, staff is knowledgeable of state, federal and other grant programs.

A-OK Program:  This program is designated to enable Elk Grove Township low-income seniors to have work done around their home by students from High School District 214. Seniors in need should call to schedule an appointment for a home visit.

Mobile Dental Clinic:

A joint venture with Northwest Community Hospital, and other adjacent townships, this program offers preventative and simple restorative dental treatment in a state of the art clinic on wheels. Cost is a surprisingly low $30.00 per visit. Residents must be financially qualified. Contact the General Assistance Department to inquire and make an appointment to register for the program.

Food Pantry:

The Food Pantry services only Elk Grove Township residents on a monthly basis.  Hours of Operation are from 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Users are required to provide a drivers license, state identification, matricula or passport and a current utility bill each visit in order to obtain service.

Due to the increased usage of the Food Pantry we are running low on key items.

The most current needs are:

  • Hamburger Helper or other Meal Stretcher items
  • Rice (Rice-A-Roni) and Macaroni & Cheese Products
  • Dried Potatoes or Stuffing
  • Pancake Mix & Syrup
  • Tomato Based Products – Paste, Sauce & Pasta Sauce
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Personal Care items such as Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant and Laundry DetergentFoodPantryPleaPicture-May132016

Elk Grove Township has a Food Pantry for Township residents, which they can utilize once every calendar month.  We stock non-perishable items of canned and dry foods to residents facing a food shortage, through donations received from the community.  Cash donations are used for the purchase of meat.  We also disburse personal essentials when they are available.

Our pantry is open Monday through Friday during business hours.  To register you must provide: Driver’s license or State ID for each adult, proof of residence (current electric bill or lease with your name).

Listed below are items that are staples for the Food Pantry.

Canned Food 

  • Chunky soups
  • Fruit
  • Canned or dried beans
  • Tuna or Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Chili
  • Stew
  • Ravioli, Spaghetti O’s and others

Breakfast Foods

  • Hot and cold cereal

Non Food Items

  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Soap/*Detergent

Jar Foods (plastic preferred)

  • Jelly
  • Pasta/Spaghetti Sauce
  • Peanut Butter

Dry Foods

  • Dry milk
  • Spaghetti and Pastas
  • Hamburger/Tuna Helper and others
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Rice
  • Crackers
  • Pudding
  • Jell-O

We appreciate all donations; however we cannot distribute expired food products.

Please check the dates on all cans and packaged food when donating.

Thank you