50 years Serving our Neediest Neighbors

Common Pantry, was founded in 1967 to combat hunger and food insecurity in specific northern neighborhoods of Chicago. Common Pantry is dedicated to eliminating hunger and food insecurity in our community by providing access to food and by addressing the root causes of poverty. We rely entirely on the generosity of private donors.

Winter Essentials Drive

Winter is here! We need new or gently used hats, scarfs, gloves, and warm socks. Donations can be dropped off at the Pantry Monday and Tuesday 8:30 am to 1 pm and Wednesday 8:30 am to 8 pm; other times by prior arrangement. Thank you for your support!

You Made the Holidays Happier!

A big thank you to all our donors---families, individuals, businesses, schools, civic organizations and faith communities ---for the outpouring of support for needy families this holiday season. You responded so generously to our holiday meal and gift drives; you contributed to food drives and dug deep into your own pockets to make monetary contributions in response to our winter appeal. You have confirmed what we already knew—in an uncertain world, you can be counted on to be a safety net for your neighbors in need.

Sponsor our Wednesday lunch!

For a $100 donation you can sponsor our hot meal prepared by volunteers every Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed by about 70 needy neighbors . Pick a date, we have several openings in the next few months. Your sponsorship can be in your name, or in honor of or in memory of someone you love. We do all the work, but you are welcome to come and participate in meal prep or serving. Interested? Please email Director Kathleen Trainor at director@commonpantry.org.