CME Group Foundation sought to provide aid to the Chicagoland area during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout 2020, the Foundation distributed emergency funding to organizations providing essential services such as food distribution, technical support and Internet access, revamped summer youth programs and “learning pods” for Chicago Public Schools students in vulnerable communities. Full grant list is below.


Blessings in a Backpack


to support Feeding Kids on the Weekends program for school-age children facing food insecurity.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless


to support outreach, community support and legal aid for Chicago’s homeless population.

Chicago Community Foundation - Education Equity COVID-19 Fund


to support solutions to medium- and long-term challenges to Chicago’s education system.

Chicago Public Schools Children First Fund


to support the Compassion Fund and provide food, tech support and Internet access to CPS students and families.

Greater Chicago Food Depository


to support response to COVID-19 food insecurity in Cook County.

Department of Family and Support Services


to provide devices and Internet access to CPS students in summer 2020.

Meals on Wheels


to support increased services during COVID-19.

MHA Labs


to support “Let’s Save Summer” Support System Initiative of the One Summer Chicago youth employment program.

Pacific Garden Mission


to support essential services and recovery programs for Chicago’s homeless and economically disadvantaged population.

Project Exploration/My Chi My Future


to support community-based “learning pods” for CPS students.

Urban Initiatives


to support Sport and Play summer program COVID response strategy.

World Central Kitchen


to support fresh food distribution in communities most affected by COVID-19.

World Food Program USA


to support policies that alleviate food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.