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The Milton Township Food Pantry in Wheaton, Illinois, had meager beginnings. Seeing the need for food among those who visited the Milton Township General Assistance Department, some of the office employees began bringing in what food they could to help them out. By 2002, the food pantry had grown to become its own charity funded by donors and staffed by volunteers. Open three days a week for drop-ins and five days a week to those with appointments, the pantry provides non-perishable items based on household size up to two times per month.
Wondering how you’re going to feed your family or yourself in Lombard, Illinois? The Outreach House Food Pantry can help. This pantry was created in 1981 by the United Methodist Church of Lombard, but in 2021, it was consolidated with three other outreach initiatives and incorporated in its own right. They are open three days during the week and one Saturday per month to provide a box containing canned food, dry goods, and fresh vegetables. If available, they may also receive fresh bread, meats, milk, and eggs. Food can be received once a week or more often if needed.
The Center in Wood Dale, Illinois has been extending a helping hand to its community for more than 160 years. The Wood Dale Food Pantry is one part of the assistance they afford the less fortunate in their area. The pantry is open two days a week and provides a box of non-perishable food items once per month per household. They can also provide food for pets.
Those who wish to donate funds to assist with the ministry’s mission or volunteer to help out in the pantry. Get in touch with a member of church staff for any other questions or to request assistance.
If you are experiencing food poverty in Naperville, Illinois, visit the food pantry operated by St. Thomas Ministries. They can provide you with a supplemental bag of non-perishable food items once per month to help you stretch your food budget further. The church also maintains a community food garden and provides fresh vegetables when in season. Holiday turkeys or hams are provided for Thanksgiving and a community Christmas dinner is held each year.
The Hand and Hand Food Pantry in Villa Park, Illinois, is an outreach of the Harvard Church. This food pantry provides up to a week’s worth of non-perishable food items to those seeking food assistance. They are open one day per week to hand out prepared bags of food based on available donated items. During the colder months, they provide meals to the homeless during the day as a warming station.
The Disciples Food Pantry in Villa Park, Illinois, operates as a drive-thru facility, handing out bags of canned goods and dry goods to households one day per week. Additional items such as frozen meat, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruit may be added when available. This outreach established by the Christian Church of Villa Park has been helping their community since the church was founded in 1951.
Marie Wilkinson began serving her Aurora, Illinois, community well before she founded this food pantry in 1951, initially soliciting donations from other members of the community to donate food which she separated into bags and handed out from her own home. Now, with two locations in the east and the west of the city, her namesake pantry provides a bag of groceries that include canned foods, dry goods, meats, dairy, and fresh vegetables two days per week. The pantry also operates a community garden to help provide for those in need.
If you are a resident living in Wayne Township, Illinois, the local town council is committed to combating any food insecurity you might be experiencing. Their drive-thru pantry is open one day per week to provide boxes containing canned foods, dry goods, and fresh produce to those in need.
For the past 40 years, Glen Ellyn Food Pantry in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has been assisting the poor by providing much-needed food items. Located in the Grace Lutheran Church where they were originally founded in 1979, they later incorporated as a stand-alone charity. They are open four days per week to distribute perishable and non-perishable food items to residents in the surrounding area.
Neighborhood Food Pantries was founded in 1999 by community members and volunteers seeking to combat food poverty. Located in different areas throughout Bloomingdale Township, they serve residents of Carol Stream, Illinois and beyond. They are open four days per week to provide a variety of nutritious food items donated or funded by individuals, charities, businesses, churches, and food collection or recovery points.