About Us

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.

Winter Essentials Drive

Winter is on its way...and we want everyone to stay warm!  Please donate new or gently used hats, gloves, scarfs and socks for both adults and kids.  Consider organizing a drive in your neighborhood or at your school, church or club (Let us know if you would like a flyer you can use). 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!

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The Season of Giving

There are many ways to help our needy neighbors at this time of year. A few really meaningful ones: Donate to our holiday gift fund! An unwrapped gift for a child 13 and under, or a monetary donation to help us purchase gifts will insure surprises under the tree for some of our favorite kids. You can also donate to the Jewel holiday meal fund which will enable us to provide a ham or turkey with all the trimmings for families. $50 will buy a dinner for 4-6, but any amount is appreciated. Visit the Jewel stores on Western or Lincoln to make a contribution. And of course the best way to help neighbors in need all year is to contribute to our Winter Appeal going on now. We rely solely on private donors like you, and nearly every dollar you give provides food, lunches and critical services. Click DONATE on the right to make a donation today.