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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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!