Get Access to Nutritious Food

We strive to provide balanced, nutritious food to all our clients. Our supply fluctuates week-to-week, but typically we are able to provide clients with a variety of non-perishable food, frozen meat, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables and some personal care items.

We serve individual adults and families that meet certain monthly income guidelines. Depending on supply, we have diapers, and sometimes  food and formula for infants. For our homeless clients we offer ready-to-eat foods and prepared foods that do not require cooking. Common Pantry does not provide clothing, furniture or appliances, nor do we stock specific items or brands for clients.

How to Get Food

We distribute food on Wednesdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. As of July 1, 2017, we also distribute food on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Clients are allowed to come to the Pantry for food once per month. Photo IDs are required, and they must include a current address. Those new to the pantry must complete a new client form when they arrive.

We are proud to provide food on a “client choice” model. Clients “shop” for items they prefer using a point system, based on household size.

We follow a random lottery system to determine the order in which clients are served. Clients select numbers 30 minutes before each distribution session begins.

Our service area extends east-west from Ashland Avenue to Kimball Avenue and north-south from Lawrence Avenue to Diversey Parkway. We also serve all of Lathrop homes, including residents south of Diversey. If you are outside of our service area, we provide a few bags of food and a referral to the pantry in your area.

Produce Day

We offer a special produce day, always on the third Monday of every month (except January). Any Cook County resident, regardless of income, is invited to come between 10 a.m. and 12 noon to receive fresh fruit and veggies, provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Food Delivery for Homebound Seniors

We offer delivery for those who cannot come to the pantry on their own. Once per month, volunteers pack bags and deliver food. To inquire about receiving this service, please call our program manager at (773) 327-0553.