The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois can provide educational materials and resources about kidney disease, dialysis, transplantation, diet, organ donation and more. Please contact us to have materials mailed to you. Download our full Resource Guide for more information.

Phone and Online Support

We provide telephone and online support for anyone with questions about kidney disease and its treatments. One of our trained staff members can answer your questions if you send an email to at any time, or give us a call at (800) 9-KIDNEY Monday - Friday between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. We will do our best to respond to questions, and if we cannot, we will find you the answer or connect you to the appropriate resource.

Support Groups

Second Chance Transplant Support Group
Presence Covenant Medical Center
1400 W. Park Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Meets at 6:00pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month

Everyday Eating Cookbook

The Everyday Eating Cookbook is presented by the Illinois Council on Renal Nutrition (ICRN). It is a unique and valuable cookbook that offers:

  • 94 delicious, renal friendly recipes.
  • Nutrient analysis for renal diets.
  • Easy to read and easy to prepare recipes for everyone to enjoy—dialysis patients, family and friends alike.
  • Exciting options for breakfast, lunch, “Kids’ Cuisine”, holiday ideas, low calorie beverages and clever ways to “spice it up”!
  • Food exchanges for each recipe. May be used in tandem with the NKFI Renal Diet Booklet.

The cost of this cookbook is $7.50 for dialysis patients residing in Illinois or Lake County, Indiana, and $10 for non-dialysis patients and all other out-of-state or international orders. To order your cookbook today, please click here to download our order form, and fax, e-mail or mail the form with payment information to Regina White at (312) 321-1505, or 215 W. Illinois St., Ste 1C, Chicago, IL 60654. Please call Regina at (312) 321-1500 with any questions.

Please note: Before making major dietary changes, please consult with your doctor and/or renal dietitian.

Renal Diet Booklet

Eating right has a very important effect on how you feel and how well you do on dialysis. Dialysis treatments, eating right and medications all work together to help you feel your best.

The Renal Diet booklet is a daily food guide designed for kidney patients, including those on dialysis. The booklet breaks down the servings of fluids, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, protein, phosphorous, grains, fats and sweets in many foods that are consumed on a daily basis. The Renal Diet booklet was compiled by a group of dietitians who specialize in renal nutrition, and should be used along with the guidelines provided to dialysis patients by their own renal dietitians.

The goal of this booklet is to make it as easy as possible to determine your daily meal plan while living with kidney disease.

The Renal Diet booklet is available in both English and Spanish, and is free for single copies. If you would like more information, or pricing options for ordering in bulk, please contact Regina White at (312) 321-1500 or

My Food Coach Mobile Application

My Food Coach by NKF is a mobile application available on iOS and Android, designed to help you understand and manage all of your nutritional requirements, especially if you have kidney disease or other dietary concerns. Your health care professionals can help by providing important support and education about dietary requirements and modifications that could potentially slow the progression of kidney disease and improve your overall health. To download My Food Coach and learn more, visit

Interested in other mobile applications offered by the National Kidney Foundation? Click here to see what else is available for download.

Kidney Living Magazine

Kidney Living is a free magazine for dialysis patients put together by the National Kidney Foundation. Learn more and sign up here!


For additional online resources, please explore the links and resources below.

Kidney Disease

National Kidney Foundation:
American Association of Kidney Patients:
PKD Foundation:
American Diabetes Association:
American Heart Association:
Renal Support Network:

Organ Donation and Transplantation

Transplant Living:
United Network for Organ Sharing:
Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients:
Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network:
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network:
Donate Life Illinois:
Living Kidney Donors Network:

Transplant Centers in Illinois

Advocate Christ Medical Center:
Children's Memorial Hospital:
Loyola University Hospital:
Memorial Medical Center - Springfield:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital:
OSF St. Francis Medical Center - Peoria:
Rush University Medical Center:
The University of Chicago Medical Center:
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System:

Financial Help

American Kidney Fund:
American Organ Transplant Association:
Children's Organ Transplant Association:
National Living Donor Assistance Center:
National Foundation for Transplants:
Give Forward:


Dialysis Patient Citizens:
Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus:
Illinois Diabetes Policy Coalition:

Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform in Illinois:
Health Care Reform Nationwide:

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