Common Kids wants you to take a stand against hunger.

Kids from around the Chicago Metro area are invited to participate in the first-ever Lemonade Stand Challenge to help people who are food insecure. “Hunger affects people everywhere, and here in Chicago one in six residents turns to a food pantry for nutritious food,” said Margaret O’Conor, executive director of Common Pantry.

What: The Lemonade Stand Challenge aims to turn a favorite summertime activity into an opportunity for kids to contribute to a very important cause: reducing hunger. Common Pantry experiences an increase in need during the summer months when at-risk families with children cannot rely on school breakfast and lunch and need to bridge the gap.

The Common Pantry Lemonade Stand Challenge is an initiative designed by the Pantry’s Common Kids committee to help raise awareness about hunger in this country. Common Kids was launched in 2014 in response to a growing interest among parents to engage in family-friendly volunteer opportunities with the goal of making meaningful connections to service and need in their own community.

The Goal:   Common Pantry hopes to raise a total of $5,200—($100 for every year it has been serving the community.)

When: Now through – September 2, 2019

Where: Common Pantry’s Common Kids team is encouraging kids young and old everywhere to get involved.

Here’s how you can participate:  

1) Regardless of where you live, organize your own lemonade stand this summer, set your own goal and pledge to donate the money you raise to Common Pantry. Register your lemonade stand by emailing  

2) Bring in the money you made from your lemonade stand to Common Pantry.  Your parent can also write a check or use a credit card to make a donation in an amount equal to the amount raised at the lemonade stand.

3) Take a stand against food insecurity! TAKE PHOTOS of your booth, customers, etc. for a chance to win great prizes. Send your photos to or post your photos on social media with HASHTAGS: #CommonKids and #CommonKidsLemonadeStandChallenge.

Prizes will be awarded by October 1.


Most Donations Raised, Most Unique Location of Lemonade Stand, Most Creative Lemonade Stand

Contact: with questions.

CLICK HERE for a printable version of the Lemonade Stand Challenge.