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Local resources

Food Pantry for Vernon Township Residents

Located at 3050 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove, the pantry provides nutritionally balanced food to township individuals and families who are in need of assistance. The Vernon Township Food Pantry is a community project supervised by the township. Drive-through hours are held the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 8–9 AM families only; 9 AM–12 PM open to all.

Buffalo Grove Helping Buffalo Grove

If you're a resident of Buffalo Grove who needs assistance with shopping or picking up medicines, contact this volunteer group. There are no delivery fees; you pay only for the groceries, household supplies, or prescriptions that are delivered, all free of contact. Ideal for anyone at high risk or unable to leave their home. To get help:


CALL 312-725-8984

Lake County Assistance

Get help finding food or shelter, securing rent or utility assistance, or connecting to other essential services:

CALL 211

TEXT your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help, 24/7




Services & relief

Bus service

Vernon Township has worked with Pace to offer low-cost bus rides by appointment within the township, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. The bus is sanitized periodically throughout its service hours. Arrange a ride as far in advance as possible:

CALL Vernon Township at 847- 634-4600, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–1 PM.


Child care for essential workers

If children can stay home, they should stay home. If this isn't possible, childcare centers have been set up for groups of 10 or fewer children. For info


Help Illinois Families

If you meet the income requirements, submit an application for emergency assistance to cover the costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities. For more information and to apply,


Homeowner Relief

Get information about your application or active programs from the Illinois Housing Development Authority.


Mental health support

Illinois has launched Call4Calm, a free emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.

TEXT “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish) to 552020 to speak with a mental health professional

Protecting you finances

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during this difficult time.


Small business & nonprofit assistance

Get the info and help you need to weather this crisis.

Tax relief


Utilities relief

For assistance with gas and electric bills for up to three months, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211. For Lake County residents (homeowners and renters alike). Get more info about the county's COVID Housing Relief Program (CHRP).

For customer support and payment options, also check with your service provider/s:

  • AT&T
  • Comcast
  • ComEd: The electricity supplier has suspended disconnects until March 2021 for low-income customers. Customers who are challenged in paying their outstanding balances and energy bills should contact ComEd's customer care team as soon as possible at 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to learn more about assistance options provided by ComEd.  
  • Lake County Public Works: moratorium on water/sewage shutoffs and a cessation of late and penalty fees began March 17, 2020, and continues until the state’s disaster proclamation is lifted. Contact for more information.
  • Nicor Gas
  • North Shore Gas
  • Peoples Gas
  • Verizon

Wi-Fi/Internet Access — free

Xfinity is extending free access to hotspots through 2020. Nationally there are 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi Hotspots available to anyone who needs them, including non-customers.

  • Find a hotspot near you: visit and input your city or ZIP code.


Help Is Here hotline

CALL 1-833-234-6343 (833-2FIND-HELP) for assistance with state services including

  • food security
  • emergency housing
  • child care
  • domestic violence protection
  • Medicaid help
  • mental health services