Food Pantries

Food Pantries

Chicago Food Pantries

Saint James Catholic Church

2907 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616


St. James Social Care Program, rooted in the mission of Jesus, reaches out from St. James Catholic Church with specialized programs to meet the spiritual, social and physical needs of all who live in the surrounding community regardless of race or creed. Through these programs, social care provides compassionate support to improve the quality of life of those they serve.

Food Pantry: caters for 1100 households and 200 homeless a month Senoir visits: Caters for the social, spiritual and physical needs of over 100 seniors a month.

Society Of St Vincent De Paul Archdiocese Of Chicago

721 North Lasalle Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 655-7181


The lay volunteer members of the Conferences (usually based in parishes) in Cook and Lake County assist people when they ask for aid. By the person to person contact (home visits)members are able to assist their neighbors with food, clothing, possibly utility aid. Members aid any person (normally within their parish boundaries)regardless of race, gender or religion.

Their Conferences throughout the year consist of 2,257 volunteers. They gave over $2,800,000 in direct assistance to the poor in their area. They aid with food, rent, clothing,home visits, hospital visits, job referrals, travel aid, etc.

Mission Of Our Lady Of The Angels

3808 W. Iowa St
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 486-8431


Mission of Their Lady of the Angels aims to care for the physical (food, clothing, afterschool program) and spiritual needs of the impoverished citizens of West Humboldt Park, Chicago.

They distribute food and household goods to 250+ families once a month.

Chicago Uptown Ministry Church

4720 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-3760


The Ministry seeks to build community between people from all walks of life to bring about self sufficiency, hope, and justice using a food pantry serves as a bridge to support for substance abuse, health issues as well as providing a platform for social justice with education and empowerment activities.

Food pantry serving 400 families a week is coupled with substance abuse counseling, referrals, and AA meetingsin addition to ESL classes for 20 Latino women, an After-School program for Latino children, worship services for three seperate churches, pastoral care, and a parish nurse with support groups and health programs for the elderly and mentally ill.

Cathedral Shelter Of Chicago

1668 W Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60612


Their mission is to minister with love and compassion among and with the most vulnerable of their community - particularly those who suffer from addiction - through crisis intervention, addiction recovery, community assistance and life skills development.

Cathedral Shelter offers inpatient addiction rehabilitation, Higgins House, a state-licensed Level III.1 treatment program, and outpatient addiction rehabilitation services, state licensed Level I and Level II.Program:Supportive HousingBudget: $625,523Category: HousingPopulation Served: Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers) Program Description: 28-unit supportive housing program for single adults and single parents, and supportive services for homeless families living on the Near West Side.

Will Act For Food

1460 W. Summerdale
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 485-2015


Will Act For Food nourishes the Chicago community artistically and literally. They take a collaborative approach to theater, finding the light in darkness, revealing truth within fiction and celebrating the absurd in the everyday. By offering discounted admission in exchange for non-perishable food donations, they empower their audiences to help feed those in need.

Will Act For Food (WAFF) runs a two-show season, leaving time and room for readings of new work and other special events. For each production, one night is designated Cans for Cash, where there is no limit on the discount patrons receive in exchange for their food donation. It is the largest food raising event of its kind in Chicago theater.

Common Pantry

3744 N Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 327-0553


Common Pantry is dedicated to providing emergency food supplies and personal items to individuals and families in need.

They provide food assistance to approximately 800 individuals per month who are living below the federal proverty guidelines.Program:Emergency Food DistributionBudget: $57,500Category: Human ServicesPopulation Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Program Description: Each Wednesday, Common Pantry hosts two emergency food distribution sessions that assist over 300 households each month.  Nonperishable foods, dry goods, bread, produce, dairy products and meats are provided in a client choice model of distributionProgram:Home Delivery ProgramBudget: $7,600Category: Human ServicesPopulation Served: Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens Program Description: Common Pantry provides a monthly home delivery of emergency food supplies to senior citizens in their community.  They currently assist over 30 households each month.Program:Produce DistributionBudget: $7,100Category: Human ServicesPopulation Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Program Description: Common Pantry hosts a monthly distribution focused on fresh fruits and vegetables.  They currently provide produce to nearly 200 households each month.Program:Common Community ServicesBudget: $47,000Category: Human ServicesPopulation Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Program Description: Common Pantry hosts a weekly Common Community program focused on peripheral social service needs of clients coming to us for food assistance.  They help clients with SNAP applications, housing/shelter needs, job training assistance and have a representative from UIC that provides workshops and classes on nutrition, healthy eating and cooking.  They also provide a lunch service each week via the Common Community Program.

Hinsdale Community Service

19 E. Chicago Ave
Hinsdale, IL 60521


To empower low-income individuals and families to realize their dreams for an improved quality of life and to achieve financial independence from community and governmental assistance. 

Family Self-sufficiency workshops, casemanagement and goal setting. Homelessness prevention via counseling and one time rent payments to avoid evictions. A food pantry with client choice options and senior services. All programs support residents of southeastern DuPage County.

Greater Hammond Community Services Inc

824 Hoffman St
Hammond, IN 46327



AIDS ASSISTANCE AND SERVICESProgram:ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMBudget: $130,466Category: HousingPopulation Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Program Description: UTILITY ASSISTANCE (5,551 HOUSEHOLDS)Program:FOOD PANTRYBudget: $560,720Category: Food, Agriculture & NutritionPopulation Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Program Description: FOOD PANTRY/EMERGENCY FOOD/RENTAL ASSISTANCE EMERGENCY FOOD 9,450 HOUSEHOLDS; RENTAL ASSISTANCE 205 HOUSEHOLDS;Program:CONGREGATE MEALS PROGRAMBudget: $35,349Category: Food, Agriculture & NutritionPopulation Served: Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens Program Description: SENIOR SERVICES (30,367 MEALS)Program:CAPES HOUSEBudget: $112,000Category: HousingPopulation Served: Single Parents Program Description: Family shelter program for families that have children under the age of 18

CEDA Northwest

1300 West Northwest Highway
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
(847) 392-2332


CEDA Northwest provides an array of services to individuals and familes in the northwest Cook County area. This includes: --Budget and financial counseling --Employment assistance and support -- Energy (LIHEAP) and weatherization assistance --Head Start -- Senior nutrition sites --Food pantry -- Transitional housing for working adults and families -- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program providing nutritional care and food for women and children --Partial rent assistance --Child care subsidy -- Housing counseling and foreclosure prevention home buyers/owners --Emergency relief services Spanish, Polish and Bulgarian are spoken *Serves Cook County section of Elgin.


Call for information - serves northwest suburban Cook County including the Elgin portion of Cook County


Call for an appointment or walk-in during office hours.


8:30 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday

West Deerfield Township

601 Deerfield Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 945-0614


Keywords: Township Offices; Emergency Assistance; Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; Hunger/hungry; Transportation - Paratransit; Transportation - Senior Citizens; Wheelchair Accessible Transportation;


8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m Monday-Friday

Moraine Township

777 Central Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 432-3240


Keyword/Resource Guide: Township Offices; Clothing; Clothing - Children and Infants; Emergency Assistance; Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; Hunger/hungry; Transportation - Senior Citizens;

West Suburban Community Pantry Inc

6809 Hobson Valley Dr Ste 118
Woodridge, IL 60517


West Suburban Community Pantry offers food for the hungry and resources to empower persons to improve their quality of life. Their vision is a community without hunger.

New car seats are made available after attending a one htheir class on child safety.  Classes are held ftheir times a year.

Vernon Township

3050 North Main Street
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 634-4600


The Vernon Township provides a variety of services to its residents including a food pantry, Emergency Assistance and General Assistance The township also offers, transportation within the township through PACE Dial-A-Ride, and taxi coupons for senior and persons with disabilites Other services include parking permits for the Prairie View train station, voter registration, early and absentee voting, handicapped placards, passport applications, referral services for social agencies, fishing and hunting licenses and a medical lending closet.

Keyword: Township Offices; Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; Prescription/Medicine Assistance; Hunger/hungry; Transportation - Paratransit - Dial-A-Ride; Transportation - Senior Citizens - Dial-A-Ride; Wheelchair Accessible Transportation; Public Cooling Center


Residents of Vernon Township


30 days


Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm except Passports which is Mon-Fri 9:00am-3:00pm

Pads To Hope, Inc.

1140 E. Northwest Hwy.
Palatine, IL 60074


The mission of Journeys | The Road Home is to individually assess and serve the homeless and near homeless while broading community awareness and involvement with the homeless. 

Hanover Township - General Assistance & Food Pantry

7431 Astor Avenue
Hanover Park, IL 60133
(630) 540-9085


Hanover Township provides services to individuals, families, couples, and seniors. **General Assistance provides a small cash grant to eligible persons *The Food Pantry provides food to residents once every 15 days, and also come once a week on Wednesday or Fridays for bread See website **The Emergency Assistance Program can provide financial assistance to eligible persons in cases of eviction and gas, electric, and/or water cut off notices **The Holiday Sponsor a Family program enables donors to provide gifts for specific families ** See Related Resources under Details tab for services for youth, families and Seniors in Hanover Township. **Services are available in Spanish.**Hanover Township encompasses the Cook County sections of Elgin, Bartlett, and Hanover Park, most of Streamwood, and unincorporated sections of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg. **Community resources can be found on the website under Resources.


Must be a resident of Hanover Township. For General Assistance grant, the client cannot be eligible for any other state or federal assistance with the exception of medical assistance benefits.


Call for an appointment. For Food pantry, come in during hours --need a photo ID and a gas or electric bill to verify residency at intake.


Office: 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday; Food Pantry: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm Tuesday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm Wednesday thru Friday, 9:00 am-11:30 am Saturday. Closed on Monday.

New Community Counseling And Ministries

1549 Fairway Dr.
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 698-0099


Building better, brighter communities by supplying alternative food, housing, mental health and community support and ministries.  Their focus is to fulfill needs within the community that are often unmet by traditional services.

*Food and Shelter assistance for Veterans and Disabled *Wheelchair accessible transportation *Grants and/or help for medical equipment and expenses not covered by insurance. *Advocacy and Coaching for the Disabled and under-privileged.Program:Affordable/Transitional HousingBudget: $80,000Category: HousingPopulation Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Program Description: Quality sliding-scale housing is offered, when available, for qualified candidates who have collaborated with staff have set short and long-term tangible goals. Candidates must participate in ongoing supportive programs (job training, education, support groups) as recommended by their caseworker.

Loaves And Fishes Community Pantry

1871 High Grove Lane
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-3663


Loaves & Fishes provides food and leadership in the community by uniting and mobilizing resources to empower people to be self-sufficient.

Their program attempts to end the hunger crisis in their area by conducting ftheir weekly on-site food distributions highlighted by special efforts to provide nutrition for infants and school-age children.  They also conduct monthly deliveries of food to homebound elderly and disabled clients.

Ten Thousand Gardens

Lake Bluff, IL


Ten Thousand Gardens is a vision to donate surplus produce from home gardens in order to distribute it to those in need within Lake County

What we propose is a grass roots initiative - Ten Thousand Gardens - a vision for providing a healthier food alternative for individuals and families in need in Lake County.

Shields Township

906 Muir Avenue
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
(847) 234-0802


Shields Township has expanded its presence in North Chicago and is accepting applications for General Assistance from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at the North Chicago Public Library, 2100 Argonne Drive.

General Assistance provides eligible residents with financial assistance to help pay for shelter, utilities, medical services and transportation. The township boundary begins at 18th Street in North Chicago and extends to Lake Forest.

Walk-ins are welcome on the first Monday of every month. Every third Monday, appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call 847-234-0802.

Keyword: Township Offices; Emergency Assistance; Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; Hunger/hungry; Transportation - Paratransit - Dial-A-Ride; Transportation - Senior Citizens - Dial-A-Ride; Wheelchair Accessible Transportation;

Barrington Township - General Assistance

602 South Hough Street
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 381-5632


Barrington Township Office administers General Assistance Programs to township residents which provide ongoing financial and medical assistance to qualifying persons for as long as their need exists. An application can sometimes be expedited if an emergency exists. The Township also offers Emergency Assistance, a separate program providing one time per year assistance to qualifying residents of the Township. Transient Assistance may be available. Food pantry also available to Township residents once per month. Barrington Township includes parts of Barrington, Barrington Hills, Inverness, Hoffman Estates and South Barrington. Rental and utility monies once in a 12 month period.


To qualify for General Assistance, one must not be eligible for any other state or federal assistance program except Medicaid. The applicant is required to be a resident of Barrington Township. Also, there are numerous qualifications involving assets, income, and household composition.


Call for an appointment for General Assistance. For Food Pantry, call before visiting to be sure someone is there.


Office hours: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday-Friday; Food Pantry hours: 9:00 am-11:00 am & 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Monday- phone first.

PADS Family Center

3001 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
(847) 689-4357


Emergency Shelter and Supportive Services.


Non sex offenders. Individuals under 18 years of age, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Intake Application & appointment w/client advocate.


Office: 7 AM to 7 PM 10/01 through 04/30
7 AM to 4 PM 05/01 through 09/30

Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church

2401 Argonne Drive
North Chicago, IL 60064
(847) 689-4422


Keyword/Resource Guide: Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; Congregations/Faith Based; Hunger/hungry; Glimmer of Hope Ministry distributes clothing Contact the church phone number and leave a message.

Emmanuel Faith Bible Christian Center

1840 Lincoln Street
North Chicago, IL 60064
(847) 473-4854


Keyword/Resource Guide: Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; Congregations/Faith Based; Hunger/hungry;

Libertyville Township

359 Merrill Court
Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 816-6800


We offer general assistance and emergency assistance to qualified applicants There is a food pantry available for basic staples We offer information and referral services to other agencies.

Keyword: Township Offices; Emergency Assistance; Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; Hunger/hungry; Transportation - Paratransit - Dial-A-Ride; Transportation - Senior Citizens - Dial-A-Ride; Wheelchair Accessible Transportation; Public Cooling Center

The Chapel - Mundelein Campus

1966 Hawley Street
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 201-2777


Congregation/faith based;


Service times:
Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 and 11:00 am

People to People Distribution Center

21005 West Route 176
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 201-2777


Provides food and clothing Opens June 3, 2009


Wed. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gracepointe Church

1221 West Maple Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 566-6650


Keyword/Resource Guide: Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; Congregations/Faith Based; Hunger/hungry

Fremont Township

22376 West Erhart Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 223-2847


We provide a food pantry with non-perishable food We offer emergency and general assistance We have two programs that help with bills There is an application to fill out to see if they qualify We give referrals to other agencies.

Keyword: Township Offices; Emergency Assistance; Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; Hunger/hungry; Transportation - Paratransit - Dial-A-Ride; Transportation - Senior Citizens - Dial-A-Ride; Wheelchair Accessible Transportation; Public Cooling Center;


Must be a Fremont Township resident


Call for application.


8:30 -3:30

Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry

100 Flinn Drive
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 879-3784


The mission of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry,a non-profit agency, is to provide food relief to the economically disadvantaged of Batavia and Batavia Township. Food is given once a month per household and clients have choice in the food they get. A Member of the Northern Illinois Food Bank.


Persons are required to be a resident of Batavia or Batavia Township, which includes parts of Aurora and North Aurora. If you are unsure if you live within the township boundaries, please call Batavia Township at (630) 879-1411 to verify if you are eligible before coming to the pantry.


Fill out an application with documentation of residency in Batavia or Batavia Township; may use a utility bill or a lease. Also need a picture ID.


Monday 6:30 pm-7:30 pm; Tuesday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm;Thursday 6:30 to 7:30 pm Friday 10:00 am-12:00 pm .