Help us fight hunger in our community

All donations are tax-deductible, and help us serve those in need. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are able to purchase food at a significantly reduced rate, helping your donation go farther. Just $1 provides four meals. We also welcome your donations to support our operating costs and emergency food supply fund. An easy way to donate is through AmazonSmile where Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Common Pantry. Simply go to AmazonSmile and select Common Pantry as your charity of choice.

One-time Donation

A donation of just $1 can provide four meals to people in need.

Make a One-Time Donation

Monthly Donation

Support the pantry with an ongoing monthly donation. It’s a wonderful way of helping us provide services all year!

To make a recurring monthly donation, please select an amount and use the “subscribe” button below.

Donation options

50th Anniversary Business Sponsor

Help us celebrate our milestone anniversary while showing your customers and the community you support the important work we do. You’ll receive a window decal and promotion of your business on our website and in newsletters. Click “sponsor” to make your $250 donation.

Email us with questions.

by Mail

If you would like to send a check or money order, please send to:

Common Pantry
3744 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618


Donations of food, personal care items, office supplies and gift cards are always welcome!


Our unique “client choice” food distribution model means families have the opportunity to choose some of their favorite foods. Your donation helps ensure we have a broader selection available.

We accept non-perishable food, as well as frozen meat,  produce and dairy items, if they are unopened and within expiration dates. We do not accept prepared meals or cooked leftover items. We know that personal care and hygiene is important for health and dignity. We accept many items, including toiletries, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and wipes, as long as packages are unopened and product is unused.

We no longer accept clothing and household items. We simply do not have the space and resources to accommodate them. Please donate these items to the Lincoln Square Friendship Center  or other not for profit, preferably one that provides clothing to needy people at no cost.


Do you own or manage a store, restaurant or other retail establishment? Or find yourself with gift cards you are unlikely to use after a holiday or birthday? Consider making a tax-deductible contribution in the form of a gift card. We welcome restaurant and retail gift cards, along with certificates for spa services and house cleaning. These are used for raffle prizes at events that help us increase revenues.


Your generous donation of supplies helps us keep our operating costs down. We appreciate:

  • Basic supplies like copy paper, tape, file folders, paper and binder clips, staplers, scissors, box cutters
  • General supplies like stamps, large mailing envelopes and zip lock bags of all sizes
  • Printer toner cartridges (check with us on type)
  • Can openers

If you are considering donation a large item (computer, printer) please contact us at (773) 327-0553 in advance.


During key points in the year, such as the holidays and back-to-school season, we have an increased need for items like hats and gloves, school supplies and children’s toys. Please contact us at (773) 327-0553 or regarding seasonal donations.

Drop off your  donations between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, or  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Please call us at (773) 327-0553 to arrange another time.