Hunger Knows No Season

Self Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines

Serving our community since 1971

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 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 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. at grey door facing Holiday Lane.

See larger map on New Location tab.

The Pantry will be closed on May 28 for Memorial Day weekend.

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

Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines 50th Anniversary
1971-2021

This film by Wendy Ellis and Paul Meincke tells the story of the early beginnings of the Pantry and how it evolved into an independent organization - all the while maintaining the early founders' mission to help neighbors in need.

Announcements for Operations During the Time of COVID-19

The Pantry is OPEN for clients and for donors INSIDE the building. To streamline our operations:

  • Masks are required; we have some available at the check-in desk. If you choose not to wear a mask, park your vehicle at the curb in front of the Pantry and call us to request curbside service for food only. Your turn in line begins after you are checked in.

  • If you are a new client, remember to bring a photo ID for each adult, proof of income and children's birth certificates.

  • Only 1 adult per family will come in the building to shop. We CANNOT accomodate children inside. Please be sure children are under the care of a responsible adult.

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

Please know that we are doing our best to help our neighbors in need during this challenging time.

Donations

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.

  • We are accepting donations of SPRING clothing.. THEY MUST BE CLEAN AND IN LIKE-NEW CONDITION. We are also accepting new UNDERWEAR and SOCKS for the whole family. We really need gym shoes in all sizes.

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

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

Other Local Pantries for People in Need

Items in Short Supply as of May 20, 2022

GROCERIES Please, NO EXPIRED FOOD

  • Sliced bread (please bring directly to Pantry)

  • Canned beans (kidney, black, northern, etc.)

  • Canned tomatoes

  • Vegetarian items: soup/meal items in cans, pouches, etc.

  • Breakfast cereal

  • Pancake mix and syrup

  • Oatmeal

  • Pasta sauce in jars

  • Spaghetti

  • Boxed and pouched side dishes (stuffing, potato, rice)

  • Shelf-stable milk

  • Ground coffee

  • Juice

  • Mayonnaise

  • Vinegar

  • Cooking oil

  • Sugar

  • Ensure or generic

  • Glucerna or generic

  • Salt & Pepper

CLOTHING & PERSONAL PRODUCTS

  • Baby diapers - only sizes 5 & 6

  • BABY WIPES (desperate need)

  • DEPENDS - Women's size S/M and L only at this time

  • Laundry detergent and dish soap

  • Bleach

  • Kleenex

  • Shampoo

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

  • All-purpose cleaners

  • Maxi pads

  • Men's underwear - any style, new in package, sizes M - L - XL

  • Women's underwear - any style, new in package, sizes S - M - L - XL

  • Cat and dog food - dry

> See the full list of donations we accept..on the Donations tab.

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 grey door facing the street. 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