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.

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.

Common Pantry, age 50, is getting a facelift!

Thanks to Michelle Jolas and Lauren Lozano Ziol, interior designers and partners in SKIN. Their not for profit Projekt SKIN has choosen Common Pantry as the first charity partner to receive design services and in-kind donations to refresh and transform the pantry. Plans our underway to paint, replace flooring, and beautify and reorganize the space, improving the shopping experience for our guests.

They are raising $10.000 for the project. If you would like to help, visit their GO Fund Me page: gofundme.com/togetherwecanfeedmorepeople If you have remodeling experience, or know others who do, please share the news--they are looking for donated materials and labor. Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities in June.

Thank You St. Benedict’s Parish!

On Sunday May 21st, Common Pantry honored St. Benedict's Parish for their generous support through their Human Concerns Ministry. For many years the Parish has conducted monthly food drives for us; they are our largest faith community donor of food, donating more than 3200 pounds in 2016! Pictured here are five members of the Human Concerns ministry accepting a thank you banner --From left-- Pat Clark, Jim Fahey, Rita Zeitner, Al Schoen, and Diane Borowczyk.