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Our primary mission is to provide emergency food to local residents in need. We assist families in low-income brackets as well as those on fixed-incomes or those who are unemployed.

Each year, we provide services to hundreds of families, veterans, homeless individuals, and families in the 60481 zip code.

Home of Kuzma Care Cottage

Emergency Shelter, Rent & Utility Assistance

In addition to food, Kuzma Care Cottage receives funds from various grants and agencies. When funds are available, we are able to provide emergency shelter and rent assistance, as well as assistance for electricity, gas and water utility bills.

We maintain working relationships with a wide range of local support organizations such as Catholic Charities, United Way, the Salvation Army, Will County Center for Community Concerns, as well as many local churches.

Apply Online

You can use ABE ( Application for Benefits Eligibility ) to apply on-line for healthcare, SNAP, cash assistance and the Medicare Savings programs with the State of Illinois.

For more information and requirements please call our office at


Give them nourishment today so they can thrive tomorrow.

For every $1 you give could help provide $8  of nutritious groceries.
Your donation

will provide hope to your neighbors in need.

Kuzma Care Cottage

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization



We are open Monday thru Friday,

9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

2nd Saturday of each Month

8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m

 Walk-in, no appointments

Proof of Address required for the first visit

(i.e., utility bill, rent/ lease agreement)

 60481 service area

Food distribution varies as donations, funding, and community needs fluctuate; the typical household will receive about a week’s worth of meals.


No appointment is needed for food distribution.


If you have questions regarding the process or your eligibility to receive assistance, please visit us or call us at 815-476-2030

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How You Can Make A Difference

Donations of staple foods  & supplies are always needed:

  • Tuna or Chicken 

  • Macaroni & Cheese

  • Peanut Butter Jelly

  • Cereal Soup

  • Canned Fruit

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Pork & Beans Dry

  • Pasta Noodles

  • Spaghetti Sauce

  • Crackers

  • Rice

  • Dry Potatoes

  • Toilet Paper

  • Paper Towels  

  • Bar Soap

  • Shampoo

  • Deodorant

  • Diapers




Kuzma Care Cottage utilizes the services of over 90 dedicated volunteers putting in over 600 hours per month to process thousands of pounds of food each month. Many of our volunteers are from the local churches.

If you would like to join our team of enthusiastic group of community-minded volunteers, please call our office.




Throughout the year, Kuzma Care Cottage works with companies, local service organizations, and churches to sponsor events to collect staple food and raise funds that are vital to our operation. If your company or organization would like to schedule a food drive or fund raising event, please give us a call.


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