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. You can also bring your donation-- and your children-- to our Common Kids event Friday November 11 2-4 pm.  Click on the link below for more information and to register.  Thank you for your support!

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Sponsor A Lunch

Every Wednesday we serve a hot nutritious meal to about 80 needy people. It is a wonderful way to combat hunger, but it is also a great way to provide a comfortable social setting for folks who are often isolated. For $100 you can sponsor the lunch--a wonderful way to recognize someone special, celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or remember a loved one. And it makes a great holiday gift for that person who has everything! Your contribution helps us purchase the food for the meal which volunteers prepare. If you would like to contribute to in this meaningful way, please email Director Kathleen Trainor at director@commonpantry.org and propose a particular Wednesday to sponsor. You can make your payment by check or online. Sponsors do not need to participate in meal prep or serving, but if you would like to do that, just let us know!