Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines

Serving our Community Since 1971

We need gym shoes of all sizes in good shape and all sizes of new underwear!

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.

View the map of our red barrel locations!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED:  Starting July 1 we will be giving out school supplies to our client children. We would appreciate donations of school supplies and childrens' backpacks. Thank you!

Items in Short Supply as of June 19, 2024

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


CLOTHING  Due to limited space, these are the only items we can accept currently:



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.

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Note about donations: Please do not leave donations outside the building as they attract neighborhood wildlife, and we must dispose of the items. During drop-off hours, please pull up to the gray side door facing Holiday Lane and bring donations in through the door. A volunteer will assist you, and we have carts if needed. 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.