Sheriff's Meal Delivery Partnership

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Cook County, Ill., IL

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About the Program

Category: Risk and Emergency Management (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The Cook County Sheriff's Meal Delivery Partnership ensured that seniors, families in need, and home-bound individuals continued receiving the resources needed to maintain their quality of life throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic. We utilized our sworn staff to provide much-needed food deliveries to homebound and food-insecure individuals, in coordination with agencies who lost their vulnerable volunteer base. This partnership has provided meals to vulnerable residents in underserved municipalities since March 2020. The Sheriff's Office developed a subsidiary program to ensure that pets would not suffer during the financial turmoil experienced by many during the pandemic. Rather than many owners deciding between eating a meal or giving it to their pet, the Sheriff partnered with local organizations to facilitate the distribution and delivery of hundreds of bags of quality pet food to owners and their pets.

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