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Food resources in Chicago

IN TIMES OF NEED, there is always somewhere to turn. With a record number of people filing for unemployment and rent due, many people are struggling to pay their bills and buy groceries. Here are some ways to stock up if your kitchen is bare and you’re not sure what to do.


Students, if you are experiencing food insecurity, please look for a pop-up pantry at your university.

Food Security Resources at University of Chicago

Pop-Up Pantry | Wellness Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

Student Food Pantry at DePaul University


Greater Chicago Food Depository. It’s Chicago’s food bank that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. They have a map application. Enter an address, intersection, or ZIP code to find a food pantry, soup kitchen, mobile food distribution or shelter in Cook County. For the most precise results, use the full address. Use the filters to select specific kinds of programs. To access the map and locations, click HERE.

Chicago Public Schools. Since the temporary closure of the schools due to COVID-19, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has provided millions of grab-and-go meals to families. They are committed to providing meals during spring break and until CPS schools reopen. To find a CPS Go-and-Grab Meal Site click HERE.

Feeding America. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through 200 food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States. To find a food pantry close to your home, click HERE.

StreetLight Chicago. This organization provides up-to-date information on Chicago-based food, housing, and health resources for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. To connect with an interactive map with food resources click HERE.


Whether you shop at Aldi, Jewel, Mariano’s or Trader Joe’s, they have established shopping hours for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations. To find out about each individual store special schedule, click HERE.

Get help by phone from Greater Chicago Food Depository staff with determining eligibility and applying for Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.


In Chicago, public transit remains an essential service. To get information from the CTA about public transportation scheduling, frequency and alerts, click HERE.

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From Bulgaria, Past Fulbright Chicago President Ron Harvey visits Chicago, his hometown

Dr. Ron Harvey, past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, at the Chicago River.

By Ron Harvey—I LIVE IN Sofia, Bulgaria.  I am a community psychologist (DePaul, 2014) who teaches psychology at American University in Bulgaria (AUBG.) I did both my Fulbrights in Bulgaria (Fulbright U.S. student, 2009-2010; Fulbright Scholar, 2016).

I like living in Bulgaria and I love my work and students; AUBG hosts over 40 nationalities from the region, and every classroom of 32 students typically have between 8 to 12 nationalities. However, there is nothing that makes me appreciate Chicago and the United States as much as my yearly visits to my hometown. What I am about to write about my most recent 3-week visit are simple pleasures, but they mean a lot to me. And in my opinion, they reflect the ideals of the Fulbright program: cultural exchange.

It starts when getting off the plane and walking to passport control. Passport control at O’Hare Airport is an enormous room holding several thousand travelers being directed my locals. Every face of every worker looks familiar, but I do not know them. But I can smile at them and they smile back. This makes me happy. Also, cutting in line is an art form in Bulgaria; this does not happen here (very much).

In the past few years, I came home to visit my family over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This year and last I visited in mid-summer. Chicago’s summer is glorious. I had forgotten how beautiful and vibrant this city is during summer. A walk from Millennium Park to Oak Street on the Magnificent Mile yielded at least 20 musical performances on sidewalks, makeshift stages, and of course the Pritzker Pavilion. Every musician was good! And everyone smiled at me who caught my eye! Who knew that Chicago was such a friendly city?

LOOK AT THAT SKYLINE! LOOK AT THAT RIVER! OMG, THAT LAKE! I walked and walked along the lake during the day when you can have the lakefront almost to yourself. It is gorgeous and peaceful most of the time, but sometime behaves like the Black Sea.

The Chicago skyline. Source Wikipedia

And the food! These are things you cannot get in Southeastern Europe: hot dogs (Chicago and Coney-style)! Deep dish pizza! Pancakes for dinner as well as for breakfast! A steak as big as my chest! REAL Greek gyros! ICE! RE-FILLS! Bottomless cups of coffee! This is not healthy list, but imagine having nothing even close to this for the past year.

I am in Chicago for a conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, hosted at National Louis University. Throughout the conference, I kept talking to my fellow community psychology scholars and students about applying for Fulbright, saying over and over, “Fulbright changed my life.” Without Fulbright, I would not be living in Bulgaria or doing the work I do now. Being reunited with Chicago is part of that experience, bittersweet as it may be.

It is totally worth it. Let Fulbright change your life too!

Dr. Ronald Harvey was the president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association in 2013 and 2014.

Norma Fay Green is the Recipient of the 2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award

The moment when Dr. Norma Green is announced as the 2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient.

THE FRIGID TEMPERATURES of past Friday, January 25, did not prevent over 110 attendees from participating in the 2019 Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at the Alliance Française in Chicago.

The celebration hosted Fulbright students, scholars and alumni, members of the Consular Corps and guests representing 52 countries from around the world. This annual signature event took place in conjunction with the Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony.

On this occasion, Dr. Norma Fay Green was the award recipient.

Cristina Sisson, previous Dee Sarelas Service Award winner announces the 2018 recipient.

Meredith McNeil, Fulbright Chicago Chapter president requested the guests to pause the winter soireée and introduced Cristina Sisson, our previous Dee Sarelas awardee. Sisson, a past Chicago Chapter board member, presented the award to Dr. Green, highlighting the many ways she has contributed to our local association over the years, and called her a world-traveler. “When I say the world, I don’t mean two countries in Europe, but the world,” Sisson said to the amusement of the attendees.

Dr. Norma Green shares her Fulbright message with the audience. Green did her first Fulbright in Denmark.

Dr. Green is a Columbia College Chicago Emerita Professor. She taught journalism at that institution for 29 years until her retirement in 2017. She received a Fulbright grant in 2000 as a visiting professor in Denmark and a 2011 Fulbright-Hays grant to Morocco and Tunisia.

Upon her return from Denmark, Dr. Green set about to internationalize the Columbia College Chicago Journalism Department curriculum. She actively mentored graduate students, especially international students, who expressed interest in teaching. Over the years she modeled classroom management techniques for teaching assistants from Nigeria, Italy, Brazil and Canada and gave them a platform to lead discussions on topics of their own choosing relating to their homelands. She continued to infuse a global perspective in all 23 different courses she eventually taught and also created by regular study trips to Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Dr Green and Michele, a Fulbrighter from Costa Rica exchange stories.

She volunteered to be on the board of the Chicago Fulbright chapter and served from 2002-2004. She was admitted to the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster in 2003 becoming a regular participant to the Fulbright Chicago events and activities over the years.

A jazz duo provided the music to our annual event.

After getting trained in Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright Campus Representative in Fall 2002, Dr. Green created and conducted the Columbia College Chicago Annual Fulbright workshop for faculty and administrators, until her retirement.

In 2013 Columbia College was officially recognized as a “Fulbright Program Top Producing Institution,” by the Institute of International Education, all due to her relentless work and guidance.

Past Fulbright Chicago Chapter president Don Garner talks to Dr. Marilyn Susman (2010 Dee Sarelas Award recipient) and her husband Gary Auerbach.

The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award, established in 2009, is named after a founder of the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter: Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. This award acknowledges the person or institution that demonstrates its vocation of service to the Fulbright ideals and recognizes ‘‘the significant impact on the development of internationalism for the Fulbright Association and the Chicagoland community.”

Fulbrighters and guests enjoy the food, music and inviting atmosphere.

Past Dee Sarelas Service Award recipients include Loyola University Professor Emerita and psychotherapist Dr. Marilyn Susman; Architect and Studio Talo Principal Thomas Ahleman; Northeastern Illinois University Professor and Educational Leadership Advocate Dr. Ana Gil-García; Columbia College Chicago professor and multimedia journalist Elio Leturia; American University in Bulgaria Psychology Researcher Dr. Ron Harvey; and Chicago Public Schools Spanish Teacher Cristina Sisson.

Student Representative board member Teuta Peja welcomes Fulbrighters and guests to the annual event at the Alliance Francaise.

Participants from 52 countries enjoy a night of Fulbright camaraderie.

Chicago Chapter Board member Dr. Kari Burnett plays barwoman at the Winter Reception.

Argentine Deputy Consul Marcelo Boffi talks to Honduran Fulbright scholar Joan Miguel López.

The Winter Reception provides another opportunity to meet Fulbrighters from all over the world.

Previous Dee Sarelas Awardee Cristina Sisson was a Chicago Chapter board member for eight years.

The Winter Reception, scheduled until 8:30 pm got extended for an additional hour.

Board Member Dr. Richard Hallett and Chicago Chapter President Meredith McNeil

Dr. Norma Green poses with her Dee Sarelas Service Award.

The fun continued with an after party at Moe’s Cantina in River North …

… with dance included!

Photos by Elio Leturia

Dr. Bruce Douglas, someone we all should know

Dr. Bruce Douglas and former Chicago Chapter board member, Dr. Linda Gruber, who currently resides in Arizona.

Dr. Bruce Douglas and former Chicago Chapter board member, Dr. Linda Gruber, who currently resides in Arizona.

By Mary Mares-AweTHIS YEAR. THE WORLD MARKS the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II. The American forces who liberated the world from the Nazi/fascist terror are part of what’s known as “The Greatest Generation”. A generation that distinguished itself with bravery, sacrifice and a sense of duty to make the world a safer place for the next generations. For that, we owe them our gratitude. Today, the concept of a safe world is especially poignant as new forms of terror are rearing their evil heads in many parts of the world. We are reminded of just how grateful we should all be, to the allied soldiers who destroyed an evil 70 years ago, so that we can now live free.

I’m proud to know a member of the “Greatest Generation,” and he is one of us –a Fulbrighter. His name is Dr. Bruce Douglas and he has a long list of honors next to his name. He served in the Pacific Theater with the US Navy, and was stationed in Japan and Korea for several years. He received his undergraduate education at Princeton, where he was impressed with the University’s motto, “in the nation’s (later changed to the “world’s) service”; he received a dental degree from New York University and his postgraduate training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Columbia University.

Dr. Douglas returned to Japan as a Fulbright professor, where he taught innovative techniques in oral surgery to Japanese students and doctors at Okayama University, from 1959 to 1961. He learned Japanese and became a part of the local community, renting a typical Japanese house. His wife gave birth to their second son, who was the biggest baby ever born at Okayama University Hospital. Japanese was their first son’s initial language. The Douglas family’s community role led local leaders to request a renewal of his Fulbright grant, and Bruce was granted an unprecedented second Fulbright year as a result.

Bruce’s outlook on the world matured when, as a teenager, he spent three summers at a scholarship summer camp in upstate New York where, as he says, “I met kids from all over the world,” as well as boys from outside his confined Brooklyn neighborhood. “That was the start of my international experience,” which ultimately led to his Fulbright years in Japan. “I knew then, that I was going to do things that were international in nature,” he adds.

Bruce’s interest in education, led him to Columbia University Teachers College, where he received a Master’s degree and a Professional Diploma in Higher Education. Bruce says the highlights of his studies at Columbia were courses with the world-renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead and Donald Tewksbury, Professor of International Education.

Dr. Bruce Douglas and Hon. Consul General of Japan, Toshiyuki Iwado discussing education issues during a recent reception at the consul's residence.

Dr. Bruce Douglas and Hon. Consul General of Japan, Toshiyuki Iwado discussing education issues during a recent reception at the consul’s residence.

His introduction to Fulbright came from a Japanese Fulbright professor, whom he had met earlier while serving in the Navy in Japan, who asked him to come to Japan to teach and conduct research. Today Bruce still keeps up with his contacts in Japan, and he is a personal friend of the Japanese Consul General in Chicago.

After his Fellowship, Bruce spent a year at the University of California acquiring a Master’s degree in Public Health, which ultimately became the foundation for all his future professional activities. He moved with his family to Chicago where he became Professor of Oral Medicine at the UIC College of Dentistry and Professor of Preventive Medicine at the College of Medicine. He also began a long part-time career as an oral surgeon in Chicago’s and, later, Waukegan’s lower-income neighborhoods.

Dr. Douglas and his wife Jan at the 2013 Fulbright Chicago Holidays Reception, where Dr. Douglas received the Pioneer Award. With the, Dr. Ron Harvey.

Dr. Douglas and his wife Jan at the 2013 Fulbright Chicago Holidays Reception, where Dr. Douglas received the Pioneer Award. With them, Dr. Ron Harvey.

He continued his Fulbright legacy, becoming co-founder of the Fulbright Association’s Chicago Chapter, and its first president. He was also a Fulbright “ambassador” to the Soviet Union and Russia in 1990, 1992 and 1995.

In the ’70s he served as an elected member of the Illinois House of Representatives and was instrumental in encouraging the State of Illinois to invest in a School of Public Health at UIC, of which he was the first faculty member. As a legislator, he introduced and passed many pieces of legislation, most notably in the fields of public health and education; but the two for which he is best known were the right-turn-on-red law and the start of the Illinois lottery, in the “mistaken expectation” he adds, that its profits would all go into public education.

In July of this year, Bruce celebrated his 90th birthday. He was invited to return to the UIC School of Public Health in October of 2014, to which he commutes three days a week as Professor of Health and Aging; and he has also been reappointed Professor of Oral Medicine at the College of Dentistry. He has recently published a compendium of his work on the subject of “the older worker,” which is a field in which he has published and lectured widely.

I had the privilege to interview Bruce about his Fulbright and life experiences at his North Shore home, where I also met his lovely wife and their little grandson Joey —Bruce’s pride and joy. Bruce met Jan, his second wife, in Thailand where they were both serving as WHO consultants. Jan is the Human Resource Director of Refugee One, a major Chicago organization that settles refugees from some of the most deprived places on earth. Their first child, Sarah, works with the UN Women’s Peace and Security Division, in a high ranking managerial position. Another daughter, Sandy, whom they adopted when she was four, from Colombia, where Bruce had served as a WHO consultant, also works for Refugee One.

The content of the interview goes well beyond the scope of this blog post, but I wanted to share portions of it with you, so that you too can get to know one of the most distinguished and inspirational members of our Chicago Chapter, and someone we all should know.

Dr. Bruce Douglas receives the Fulbright Chicago Pioneer Award

Ron Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, presented Dr. Douglas with the Fulbright Pioneer Award

Ron Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, presented Dr. Bruce Douglas with the Fulbright Pioneer Award

By Mary Mares-Awe and Elio LeturiaDURING THE 2013 FULBRIGHT HOLIDAYS Celebration that took place on December 2 at DePaul University, Dr. Bruce Douglas was honored with the Fulbright Chicago Pioneer Award for his devotion to the Fulbright mission and his contributions to establish the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association in 1990, when he became its first president.

Dr. Douglas was a Fulbrighter to Japan in two successive Fulbright professorships, in 1959-1960 (Okayama) and 1960-1961 (Tokyo.) He was also a Fulbright “ambassador” to the Soviet Union and Russia in 1990, 1992 and 1995, working with Sherman Funk, Inspector General, U. S. State Department.

Dr. Douglas thanking the association for this lifetime ward recognition.

Dr. Douglas thanking the association for this lifetime award recognition.

In one of his international experiences, Douglas met his wife, Janet Douglas, when they both worked in Vietnam and Laos. He also had a brief stint in Cambodia.

Janet’s English background led them back to the UK in 1977, where, supported by WHO and with Jan’s help, Douglas studied The British National Health Service, and became imbued with the benefits of a national health system, an idea to which he remains wedded to this day.

During his Fulbright presidency, Douglas and his wife hosted Senator J. William Fulbright in Chicago.

Dr. Douglas and the Hon. Yoshida Masaharu, Consul General of Japan.

Dr. Douglas and the Hon. Yoshida Masaharu, Consul General of Japan.

Dr. Douglas, 88, delivered a heartfelt speech upon receiving the award. He has had a long distinguished career as a surgeon and researcher. Board President Ron Harvey presented him with this important recognition.

“I am thrilled with this renewed opportunity to return to “the fold,” Douglas said. —Photos by Mary Mares-Awe

2013 Winter Holidays Reception and Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony hosted by DePaul University


By Ron Harvey—THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION Chicago Chapter, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and DePaul University invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our end-of-year Winter Holidays Reception and 2013 Dee Sarelas* Fulbright Service Award Ceremony.

WHEN Friday, December 6th, 2013
TIME 6:30 to 9 p.m.
WHERE DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont St. Chicago, IL 60614

Cortelyou Commons is accessible from the sidewalk from Fullerton or Belden Aves.

A full buffet-style dinner will be served which includes salads, entrees with vegetarian options, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and desserts. Beer and wine are available at a cash bar. Entertainment will be provided.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars. $30 for Alumni, each adult family member, and/or guest(s). You may pay at the reception using cash or check. We also accept credit card at the reception or online via PayPal plus a $2 credit card fee. You may pay though PayPal payments after you RSVP using the form below.

RSVP by December 1, 2013 using the form HERE or by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:


PARKING is available at the DePaul Sheffield parking garage just west of Cortelyou Commons. Attendees are responsible for their own transport and parking.

The CTA Fullerton Red/Brown/Purple Line stop is one block west of Cortelyou Commons. See www.transitchicago.com to plan your trip.

* The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award is named after a founder of the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter: Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece.   A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicago area community, Dee is remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together.  The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award has been established in her memory. We honor a local person for their outstanding work promoting the vision of Senator Fulbright.

Please join us in honoring Dee and the Fulbright legacy. We look forward to seeing you at our 2013 Winter Holidays Reception!

Ronald Harvey elected President of the Chicago Chapter for 2013

AFTER SERVING AS the Chapter’s Secretary for the past two years, Ronald Harvey was recently elected President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, succeeding Elio Leturia.

Ronald Harvey

Ronald Harvey

Ronald Harvey, MA,  who did his Fulbright in Bulgaria in 2009-2010, is a PhD candidate in Community Psychology at DePaul University. He is also a Project Director of a multi-year NIH-funded research project investigating alternative aftercare settings in the U.S. for ex-offenders with a history of substance abuse.

His area of expertise is substance abuse aftercare settings and community re-integration of recovery communities in the United States, Eastern Europe, the U.K., and Kenya. While abroad on his Fulbright he  conducted a needs assessment and feasibility study for creating recovery homes in Bulgaria.

Ron has authored or co-authored of a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations at psychology conferences in the U.S. and Europe.  Prior to pursuing is PhD, Ronald had an 18-year professional career beginning as a software developer, and 10 years as an IT manager at a global investment bank.

Ron is a graduate of the Second City Improvisation Program in 2012. His hobbies and interests include playing guitar, reading, classical music and ballet, attending theater, and observational astronomy.