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Cereal Bowl IV – Results

Rolling Meadows High School vs. Elk Grove High School

On October 4, 2019 when Rolling Meadows traveled to Elk Grove high school and played each other in football the schools’ students, faculty, family and friends were also competing in another contest, Cereal Bowl IV.  The Cereal Bowl event was created in 2016 to raise awareness about hunger, and the ongoing need to help keep food stocked at the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry.  Students from both schools collected cereal during the week and their fans showed their support by bringing donations to the football game.  When the dust settled the a total of 2,209 boxes were collected and the Elk Grove Grenadiers had beaten the Rolling Meadows Mustangs to be declared Cereal Bowl IV winners and now hold a 3-1 advantage in the annual contest.  Congratulations to everyone that participated.  You are all champions for assisting in-need community residents.

The Township Food Pantry is currently serving an average of 230 families per month.  Please contact the Township (847.437.0300) if you need assistance, to make a donation or to learn how you can support the efforts to provide food to our local community.

Social Services Department:

Elk Grove Township’s Social Services Department administers several programs.  Please contact us for more information at 847-437-0300. Or drop us an e-mail at  ga@elkgrovetownship.com.

Social Service Updates:

  • LIHEAP Current Priority Periods:
    • October 1st
      • Households with a Senior 60+
      • Households with someone receiving disability benefits
    • November 1st
      • Households with a child age 5 or younger
      • Households with an active disconnection notice for one or more utilities
    • December 1st
      • Open enrollment for all qualifying households

Services Provided:

General Assistance:  How to apply

  • General Assistance, or GA, is a public assistance program for adults that are ineligible for other state or federal programs, such as TANF, who meet the eligibility guidelines.  GA can help those who are currently unemployed looking for work or those who have applied for disability and are awaiting their case decision. There are both financial as well as non-financial qualifying factors. Those who qualify may receive a monthly allotment for shelter, food, transportation, utilities, and personal essentials. Please contact our office to see if you qualify. Click “how to apply” for a list of necessary documentation.

Emergency Assistance:  How to apply

  • Emergency Assistance, or EA, is for households experiencing a life-threatening circumstance, which consists of having a 5 day-notice for eviction or a disconnection notice for utility, and have a qualifiable emergency. Individuals and families may qualify based upon township guidelines, which include financial and non-financial factors. Those who receive an EA grant may qualify once every 24 months. Please contact our office to see if you qualify. Click “how to apply” for a list of necessary documentation.

Mobile Dental Clinic:

  • Through partnerships with Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) and other surrounding townships, the Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC) is a state-of-the-art clinic on wheels that provides a dental home for those who do not have access to care due to financial barriers. The MDC provides preventative and simple restorative care; they cannot accommodate complicated or surgical procedures. Patients must meet the geographical guidelines and their income must be at or below 200% of the poverty level. Patients must requalify once per year. Please contact our office to see if you qualify and to schedule your intake.

LIHEAP DVP: (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Direct Vendor Payment)

  • LIHEAP is a state and federally funded program that provides a once yearly grant towards customers utility bills (Nicor and/or ComEd). The direct vendor payment (DVP) amount is based on household size, income, and fuel type. Clients must be at or below 150% of the poverty level and meet the non-financial eligibility guidelines. Please contact our office to be screened and to schedule your appointment.

Reconnection Assistance: (RA)

  • Those who qualify for LIHEAP DVP may also be eligible to receive Reconnection Assistance (RA). RA is used to prevent disconnection or restore service. Client’s must have an active disconnection notice for one or more utilities or have a utility that is currently disconnected to receive this grant. Client’s can receive the full DVP amount on top of RA. Please contact our office to be screened and to schedule your appointment.

PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) Recertification:

  • The PIPP program is a form of energy assistance through LIHEAP where clients are enrolled in a 12-month budget bill plan for a monthly benefit, rather than one lump sum Direct Vendor Payment. Clients are responsible for the monthly budget bill amount and must pay this on-time every month to stay enrolled. Only currently enrolled PIPP clients are eligible to recertify their PIPP plan when they receive their recertification letter. New clients are not being accepted at this time.


  • Clients who own their homes may be eligible for the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP). This program helps low-income residents save energy and money, while increasing the comfort in their homes. This is achieved by installing necessary weatherization measures to slow the movement of heat energy between the inside and outside of homes. The entire process may take up to one year. Clients must have income at or below 150% of the poverty level to qualify. Please contact our office to be screened and to schedule your appointment.


  • Those who qualify for LIHEAP may also be eligible for Furnace Assistance. The Furnace program is designed to restore the home’s heating system back to a safe and effective operation. Assistance is only available to approved households that have or are eligible to receive a LIHEAP benefit and whose heating systems are not operational or have been red-tagged by their utility company. The services are free of charge for income qualifying households. Renters are not eligible to Program begins October 1st.

ComEd Hardship (Residential Special Hardship):

  • ComEd Residential Special Hardship is available for households who have experienced a hardship within the last six months. Clients may receive this grant once every two years. Clients must have a ComEd account with a past-due balance and a verifiable hardship. Hardships can include being a low-income senior, households with a member who receives disability benefits, households with an active military member, medical hardships, etc. Clients must have income at or below 250% of the poverty level to qualify. Please contact our office to be screened and to schedule your appointment.

Share the Warmth:

  • Those who live in Cook County and have a People’s Gas account may qualify for Share the Warmth. Clients must have a People’s Gas account in their name and they must have a past-due amount. Clients who meet the eligibility requirements can receive this grant once per program year and may receive up to $200 towards the past-due balance. Please contact our office to be screened and to schedule your appointment.

Nicor Sharing:

  • The Nicor Sharing Program may be available for those households who are over income for LIHEAP and who have a Nicor Gas account. Qualifying households can receive this annual grant of up to $450 towards their account. Additional assistance can be offered to households with a senior, veteran, or disabled member or are currently experiencing a crisis situation. This program is made possible through direct contributions from Nicor Gas customers and employees and is administered through the Salvation Army. Clients may also be eligible for Nicor’s “energySmart” Weatherization Program. Contact our office to see if you qualify and to schedule your appointment.

Access To Care Intake:

  • Access to Care is a program that offers primary medical care and treatment for those who do not qualify for Medicaid/Medicare or who have a high deductible on their private insurance plan. Access to Care is available to those who meet the eligibility guidelines and offers doctor visits, lab tests, and prescription drugs for minimal co-payments. Call our office to see if you qualify and to schedule your intake.

Salvation Army:

  • Township staff are trained Salvation Army Service Extension Volunteers. Clients who meet the financial and nonfinancial guidelines may receive up to $200 towards emergency assistance. Client must have a current 5-day notice of eviction or have an active disconnection notice for utility. Those who receive this grant may receive it once per program year. This money can be added to other funds to help make up a larger amount due. Please contact our office to be screened and to schedule your appointment.

Information and Referral:

  • In addition to these services, our township staff are knowledgeable about other state, federal, and social service programs and resources. The township works to provide a well-rounded approach to best meet client needs. The township offers a large resource board in our main hallway with flyers that residents can browse and take home. The board has a large variety of resources, from where to get a free mammogram, to local food pantries, to upcoming local family events. The township continues to form new public and private partnerships to empower people through community.

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.

Food Pantry:

  • Residents of Elk Grove Township can use the food pantry once per calendar month during pantry hours, which are from 9:30am-12:00pm/1:00pm-3:30pm each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please visit during pantry hours and bring a photo ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Passport, Matricula) and a current utility bill (issued within the last 30 days) to prove residency. We are a “Client’s Choice” Food Pantry which allows clients to pick the items they like most within the food categories.  We also offer a “Free Cart” in the Food Pantry that residents can use once per week.

Please remember to bring your Food Pantry ID, photo ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Matricula, Passport) and a current utility bill EVERY visit.

“Top 10” most needed products:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Canned Pasta (Ravioli)
  • Condiments
  • Jelly
  • Tea
  • Sugar
  • Dish Soap
  • Laundry Soap
  • Shampoo

Elk Grove Township has a Food Pantry for Township residents, which they can utilize once every calendar month.  Donations from the community allow us to stock non-perishable items of canned and dry foods for residents facing a food shortage.  Cash donations are used for the purchase of meat.  Some of our most sought-after items that are requested by our clients are paper products and personal essentials.

Our pantry is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am – 12:00pm/1:00pm-3:30pm .  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 or damaged (can) food products.

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

Thank you


Employment Support Center:

  • The township proudly contracts HR By Design to offer an Employment Support Center to assist with all your job search by providing information, assisting with resumes, impactful introductory emails, networking skills, etc.
  • Hours of operation:  Wednesday      9:00am-2:00pm
  • Our Employment Specialists can help with writing resumes/cover letters, provide job opportunities, assist with interviewing skills, and networking to highlight a few.  There are also periodic career seminars and workshops. Please contact the Employment Support Center to schedule your appointment. We can assist you with your job search

Contact: (Phone)  224-222-0935

(Email)    jobhelp@elkgrovetownship.com

Services Available:

  • Linkedln Profile Critique
  • Interviewing Practice
  • Current Local Employer Job Board
  • Employment/Career Counseling
  • Periodic Career Seminars and Workshops
  • Network Meeting and Job Fairs
  • Resume and Cover Letter Assistance