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.

Did you know that over 26 million people work for companies that will match employees’ donations? Consider finding out if your employer will match your donation, having your support go further. Reach out to our team at lainek@commonpantry.org to explore your giving options and learn more about how your donations impact our community.

DONATE HERE if these are proceeds from an event or other third-party fundraiser benefiting the pantry- ex. Block Party, Street Festival, Restaurant Week, Crowdfunding.


DONATION BY MAIL

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

Common Pantry
3908 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613

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

Donation Drop Off Windows:
Mondays 12pm-4pm
Tuesdays 9am-4pm
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm

DONATE FOOD AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS

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 items if they are unopened and within expiration dates (check out our wishlist posted above for specific items we’re looking for). We generally do not accept frozen meat, produce, and dairy products, but can consider on a one-on-one case basis if you email operations@commonpantry.org ahead of time. 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. Instead, please donate these items to Family Tree Resale, which will directly help Common Pantry. When you shop or donate, just mention Common Pantry and we will receive vouchers for our guests to purchase needed items. 

DONATE GIFT CARDS OR SERVICES

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.

DONATE OFFICE AND PANTRY SUPPLIES

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 donating a large item (computer, printer) please contact us at operations@commonpantry.org or (773) 327-0553 in advance.