“I Am Your Neighbor” Meals – Neighbors helping neighbors


Common Pantry, Chicago’s oldest continually-operating food pantry, with support from the chambers of commerce in Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Northcenter and Roscoe Village have partnered with a growing list of restaurants to “open a tab” for those who are food insecure.

“This is a program we created to help our neighbors in need but also to help local restaurants stay afloat and keep their staff employed,” says David Brown, Board President of Common Pantry.

Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants.  

It is not just for existing clients of Common Pantry, but anyone who might need a little extra help.

Here’s how it works: 
Anyone in need can stop by a participating restaurant to order a meal from the menu for carryout. They just need to mention the “I Am Your Neighbor” Program and the meal is free, with the cost deducted from the credit on the “running tab.”

WHEN: Beginning February 1st, 2022. The restaurant tabs will be replenished monthly.

WHERE: Participating restaurants include: Bartoli’s Pizzeria, Mi Fogata, Luella’s Southern Kitchen, John’s Place, and Same Same Thai Bar.

WHY: “I Am Your Neighbor” Meal Program aims to address the growing needs in our community because of COVID-19.


          Guide for Neighbors in need of a Meal

  • Look for the “I am Your Neighbor” signs in the windows of participating restaurants
  • Feel comfortable asking if they have any meals ready for you and/or your family
  • Be considerate of the staff who are preparing your meal(s)
  • Only ask for the amount that you need for you and your family