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.

Celebrate Ocho de Mayo (May 8th) with us!

Save the date to celebrate Ocho de Mayo (May 8th) in a fun setting for a good cause at the exciting Lagunitas Brewing Company, 2607 West 17TH St. from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Advanced tickets are only $35 and include food, festivities, and soft drinks. We'll be in the comfy Lagunitas Basement and Lagunitas Beer is available. Age requirement is 21+. Lagunitas is generously supporting Common Pantry and donating back the net proceeds from beer sales on May 8. All beers are $6 and we hope you'll have a pint or two of delicious Lagunitas Beer!! Mark your calendars for this fun event. To purchase tickets, click on the link below.

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A Big Surprise for a Pantry Guest

Our Pantry guest Trina, single Mom of 4 kids, got a big surprise this week when the Guaranteed Rate Foundation showered her with gifts---furniture delivered to her home, a shopping spree at Target, and a $5,000 contribution toward the purchase of a car. It all started when we asked the Foundation for help purchasing new beds for the kids, ages 1 to 9 years. When Sarah Fones and her colleagues heard about Trina's needs, they responded generously, providing so much more!