The Pantry will be closed on Saturday, May 25 and Monday, May 27
in observance of Memorial Day.

We are an independent, 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving Des Plaines, Illinois residents with groceries and clothing during a time of need.

769 Holiday Lane, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Client hours: Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration hours: Same as Client hours above, but we ask that you come at least an hour before the closing time.

Donation drop-off hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00 - Noon; Saturdays 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. at gray side door facing Holiday Lane.

Pantry closures: May 25 and May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.

View the map of our red barrel locations!

Items in Short Supply as of May 25, 2024

See the full list of donations we accept in the Donations tab.


CLOTHING  We can no longer accept winter clothing due to limited space.



To streamline your experience in our small space:


Donations of food are always appreciated, and monetary donations allow us more flexibility to serve clients' needs.

Visit the Donations page for more details and to donate using our secure PayPal account.

Other Local Pantries for People in Need

Note about donations: Please do not leave donations outside the door as they attract neighborhood wildlife, and we must dispose of the items. Drop off donations at the gray side door facing Holiday Lane. Knock on the door and wait for a volunteer to assist during the hours above. Or drop non-perishables in our red barrels around town. Please, NO EXPIRED FOOD.

Des Plaines Self Help Closet and Pantry 50th Anniversary (720).mp4

The Story of the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines

This film by Wendy Ellis and Paul Meincke tells the story of the early beginnings of the Pantry in 1971 and how it evolved into an independent organization. To this day, the organization maintains the early founders' mission to help neighbors in need.