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Vernon Township - Vernon Township Office - food pantry, energy assistance, emergency assistance - Vernon Township/Omni Counseling/Food Pantries

McAlister’s Deli - free lunches - (Valid at northern Illinois stores: Vernon Hills, Deerfield, Gurnee.) All kids 12 and under can eat free off of the kids menu (does not require parent to purchase food). Teens - Can qualify to have a “Student Meal” (drink, cookie, full meal (i.e. sandwich/side) for $7. If the teen’s family cannot afford the $7 meal, the teen can still order off of the kids menu at no cost. Any SHS student can come to McAlister’s and get an “SHS bracelet,” which will allow them to get a “student meal” regardless of ability to pay.

PADS Lake County - Emergency Shelter Site Locations

Omni - Omni Youth Services - Currently open and accepting new clients with insurance and on a sliding fee scale. Also set up for telehealth therapy to see clients able to “pay out of pocket” for individual/family therapy.

Comcast Internet Resources: 60 days of free internet through Comcast for low income families. To sign up, applicants can visit The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

2-1-1 Lake County Website - 2-1-1 is an easy to remember, 24-hour information and referral helpline. It’s designed to reduce time and frustration by acting as a central access point to the health and human services in Lake County.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255

Trevor Support Center - Trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.