Blue Island/Robbins Bold goal

By 2027, reduce food insecurity for 15 percent of families served by the Blue Island / Robbins Neighborhood Network.

Where we’ve been

The Blue Island / Robbins Neighborhood Network wants to create financially, mentally and physically healthy communities for its residents. The Network is primarily focused on reducing food insecurity and improving emotional wellness.

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Food insecurity

  • In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, two food pantries were opened in Blue Island.
  • A Healthy Lifestyles Committee was formed and partnered with Top Box Foods to provide low cost, healthy food options to residents in the region. Through this partnership, hundreds of boxes and thousands of pounds of food were distributed.
  • 100 free vegetable boxes were given to attendees of a health resource fair.

Emotional wellness

  • Residents attended an emotional wellness series aimed at increasing awareness of mental health across the lifespan.
  • Local artists assisted students to create a school mural.

Where we’re going

The Neighborhood Network has already taken great strides in achieving their bold goal. Moving forward, they’re working to identify additional ways of addressing food insecurity in their community.

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Food insecurity

  • The Neighborhood Network plans to partner with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to open at least one food pantry in the Robbins community and to provide summer meals for residents.
  • Through the Top Box Foods partnership, the Network will expand its program offerings to include health clinics that can write prescriptions for boxes of food to patients who screen as food insecure.

Emotional wellness

  • The Network is partnering with school districts to provide students and families with additional support, to provide school staff with case consultations, and to offer increased psychiatric services for residents.
  • A community ambassador program is being developed to provide residents with training, support and broader trauma-informed services.

Hear from your neighbors and supporters

Kentrick Benson

Blue Island/Robbins Neighborhood Network Project Coordinator for Metropolitan Family Service

“One thing that we found as we began to create the network was that there are lots of resources in our community but not many of the residents know how to access them. Quite frankly, not a lot of them know that these resources exist especially when it comes to mental health.”

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