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Giving Back

Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics  

The Cook County Sheriff’s Police are the proud leaders of Leg 5 of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run. This intra-state event brings together law enforcement officials from across the Chicagoland area to participate in a torch-relay run to raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois.

Holiday Food Drive

This employee-supported event is held at the holidays and is designed as a way to give back to the residents we serve. All food collected is given to a local township or neighborhood food pantry.

Food Distribution 

Our Office partners with dozens of food pantries and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to coordinate food deliveries and distribution to citizens experiencing food insecurity. We distribute directly to seniors through Meals on Wheels, to thousands of community members at drive-through distributions, and to those in dire need of food through a direct drop-off of shelf-stable goods supplied by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Homeless Services

Our staff perform regular outreach to the homeless, coordinating on-site service as well as visitation to our partners who specialize in services for the homeless.

Our staff also provides care packages to the homeless, giving them tools to fight the spread of COVID-19. These packages include Narcan, a life-saving opioid antagonist.

Gift Distribution 

Every year our staff delivers thousands of donated gifts to Cook County’s children, visiting schools, churches, daycares, and family homeless shelters to see that no child is left wanting during the holidays.

Pet Food Pantries

Acknowledging our furry four-legged friends, the Sheriff’s Office strives to ensure that pets do not suffer during the financial turmoil suffered by many during the pandemic.

Rather than many owners deciding between eating a meal or giving it to their pet, the Sheriff partners with Rescue Pack Chicago, Fetching Tails Foundation, the Thornton Township Food Assistance Center, and Meals on Wheels of Northern Illinois to distribute hundreds of bags of quality pet food to owners and their pets waiting in food pantry lines.

Turkey Distribution

Every year, the Sheriff’s Office distributes hundreds of turkeys to families celebrating Thanksgiving. We coordinate with the Cook County Housing Authority, schools, and churches to see that everyone has a turkey on their table.