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.

Learning From Our Neighbors

This event is for ages 7 and up, accompanied by a parent or other adult. Sitting and listening skills required! We are inviting a few Common Pantry clients to join us to share their stories with us in small group conversations, with time for the kids to ask questions. Each story is unique — job loss, disability, illness, or other factors can lead to short-term or even permanent food insecurity. The common thread, however, is that all of these clients found help and support through the Common Pantry.

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Thank you Trader Joe’s

Thank you Trader Joe's! The store at Lincoln and Grace donated 35,997 pounds to the Common Pantry in 2016, more than any other single food rescue partner. For over six years, our faithful volunteer Jim Vahey has made Tuesday morning pick-ups that fill his big van. The store's generosity means that our families have access to great produce, baked goods, and even meat! Next time you stop at Trader's, look for our big thank you banner, and let them know you appreciate what a good neighbor they are!