Giving and Support

Giving and Support

Wilmette Public Schools support the academic, social-emotional and physical needs of each child through a collaborative partnership with the greater Wilmette community. Through the generosity of families, businesses and affiliate organizations, District 39 is able to provide additional support to families when they need it the most.

Families Looking to Give Families in Need of Support
  1. District 39 families in need often rely upon contributions from food banks and food pantries. Please consider making a monetary or non-perishable food donation to any of our local food banks:

  2. Please reach out to any of our school principals to find out how you can provide assistance to families in a specific school community. Our principals will work with our parent teacher organizations and associations that have graciously offered to confidentially provide resources to District 39 families in need.

  3. The District 39 Angel Fund provides qualifying families facing hardship with financial support to cover a variety of needs, including school lunch/food, transportation costs, extracurriculars, enrichment experiences, school fees and other needs as they arise. Donations can be made securely through the Angel Fund online payment portal.

Meal Assistance

  • Families in need of meal assistance are encouraged to visit any of our local food banks or pantries.
  • Contact your school principal to request specific assistance or email our district coordinator for the Angel Fund, Mrs. Nancy Potisuk.
  • In light of the coronavirus pandemic, McAlister’s Deli is providing two free lunches for children on weekdays. (No purchase necessary.)
  • Evanston schools have partnered with the City of Evanston to provide cold breakfast and lunch to children (ages 1-18) impacted by school closures.

Financial or Other Assistance

  • Please reach out to your school social worker or building administrator to discuss options and opportunities for financial assistance.
  • United Way offers financial assistance with bills, rent and food to families through the COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. Call 1-888-211-9966 for more information.


  • If you are without access to paid sick leave or unable to work because of COVID-19, contact the Illinois Department of Employment Security for information on unemployment benefits and other government actions taken to support out-of-work families. 

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