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.

“I Am Your Neighbor” 2017 Tickets On Sale Now!

Mark your calendars for a night of entertainment benefitting Common Pantry's 50th Anniversary. "I Am Your Neighbor" Party on Friday, October 13, from 7:00pm - 11:00pm at Architectural Artifacts. This party will feature local chefs, wine and crafts beers, specialty cocktails and live bands. Tickets are on sale now! Click on the link below to get yours today!

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Common Pantry, age 50, got a face lift!

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.

From June 22-25 the Pantry was alive with activity! Volunteers and professional trade-persons painted, installed ceiling fans, replaced old carpet with beautiful tile and reorganized the space to greatly improve the shopping experience for our guests. A big thank you to all who helped! This transformation has allowed us to launch our new "All Choice" distribution model - complete with grocery carts!

Back to School Supply Drive

Our Common Kids group is collecting school supplies for needy families. Can you help? Drop off new school supplies at the Pantry no later than August 28th (the sooner the better!) or make a monetary donation by clicking "Donate" on the right. And if you and your kids would like to volunteer, check out opportunities in August on our "Volunteer" page.

We need families to staff a table at Staples August 5 & 6, and join us on August 8 to organize donations. On August 30, and 31, we need volunteers to distribute school supplies to families at the Pantry.