Hunger Knows No Season

Self Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines

Serving our community since 1971

We are an independent, 501 (c) - (3) not-for-profit organization serving Des Plaines, Illinois residents with groceries and clothing during a time of need.

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769 Holiday Lane, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Client hours: Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - Noon

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 9:00 -- 10:00 a.m.

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Please visit us at our new location at 769 Holiday Lane in Des Plaines.

Announcements for Operations During the Time of COVID-19

The Pantry is OPEN for clients and for donors until further notice. To streamline our operations at this time:

  • We are distributing food and clothing.

  • DRIVE UP SERVICE is still available if you are not comfortable coming inside.

  • One person per family can some inside unless an adult helper is needed.



  • We desperately need bed linens (marked with size) and towels.

  • Clients and volunteers must stay home if they are not feeling well.

We appreciate your patience as we work with a smaller volunteer staff and as we make further adjustments. Please know that we are doing our best to help our neighbors in need during this challenging time.


Donations of food are always appreciated, and monetary donations will allow us more flexibility at this time.

  • Please send only one representative if possible.

  • Please come during drop-off hours only.

  • If dropping off monetary donations, cash, checks, stamps or gift cards to grocery stores are appreciated.

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

Other Meal Distributions for People in Need

Visit the Maine Township High School District 207 website for information on free meals for the community.

Donation Needs as of October 19, 2021

We are only accepting donations of non-perishable food items, fresh produce, personal and paper products due to the corona virus pandemic. The following items in BOLD TYPE are in very short supply:

  • Juice

  • Pancake mix

  • Boxed and pouched sides

  • 18 oz. containers of old fashioned oatmeal

  • Small canned main dishes (chili, hash, etc.)

  • Full-sized condiments (ketchup,and mayo)

  • Cooking oil

  • Vinegar (white and cider)

  • Sugar

  • Yellow onions

  • Bags of potatoes

  • Baby diapers - SIZE 5 and 6 ONLY at this time

  • Laundry detergent and dish soap

  • Body wash and shampoo & conditioner

  • Maxi pads

  • Dog and Cat food - wet and dry!!!

  • Women's Adult diapers - Size S/M only at this time

  • Shaving cream

  • Bathroom cleaner

  • Disinfecting wipes

  • All purpose cleaner

We also need:

  • Canned entrees (chili, etc)

  • 24 oz. pasta sauce jars

  • Grape and strawberry Jelly/Jam

  • Canned veggies: corn, peas, carrots

  • Meal shakes for people with diabetes (Glucerna or generic)

  • 42 oz. containers of oatmeal

  • Adult toothbrushes

  • Salt

  • Pancake syrup

  • Rice

  • Ramen

  • Dog and Cat food - wet and dry

  • Dish soap


Note about donations: Please do not leave donations outside the door as they attract squirrels, possums, raccoons, etc., and we must dispose of the items. Drop off donations at the grey door facing the street. KNOCK LOUDLY ON THE DOOR and wait for the volunteer during the hours above, or drop non-perishables in our Red Barrels around town.

Watch this video to learn all about the Self Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines. Thank you to the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Ian Ryan Interactive for telling our story!