The Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines is a 501 (c) - (3) not-for-profit organization. We are accepting PayPal donations to help supplement the purchase of groceries for our clients. Please click here or the yellow button to use our secure PayPal account to make your donation. If you are donating in lieu of the post office food drive, in someone's honor or memory or for Putt for the Pantry sponsorship, please note in the comment section. If you would like to offset the PayPal fee to the Pantry, please add 2.2% plus 30 cents to the amount.
WE MOVED TO OUR NEW HOME !!!
Our new address is: 769 Holiday Lane, Des Plaines.
There is a green sign with an arrow on the utility pole for Holiday Lane/Food Pantry. We are directly behind the gray auto repair shop that faces Elmhurst Rd.
WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF SPRING COATS. THEY MUST BE CLEAN, WITH WORKING ZIPPERS. We are not accepting other clothing donations at this time while we are getting settled. Thank you for your understanding.
We Need Your Help!
Currently, we are only accepting donations of non-perishable food items, fresh produce, personal and paper products. DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, PLEASE HOLD OFF ON YOUR DONATIONS OF CLOTHING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
We also gratefully accept cash, checks, postage stamps, and gift cards. All contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with the law. A receipt is provided upon request, and we will send you a thank-you if you sign in at the Pantry with your name, address or email address. We do not share your information with any other agency nor do we mail out requests for money.
Drop-Off Donation Hours
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Donations must be delivered inside the Pantry during drop-off hours. Items left outside our door will be disposed of as they attract neighborhood wildlife. Please pull in to the parking lot. If you have a large load, you can pull up to the side door on the north side, closest to Holiday Lane. Let a volunteer know you are there, and they will assist you.
Look for our Red Barrels located in businesses, stores, block parties, etc. around town and drop your non-perishable food items there. Contact us at 847-375-1443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like one for your event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic most of our red barrel sites are closed, so donations must be brought to the pantry during donation hours. Thank you for understanding.
Mail checks payable to the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines (or SHC&P ) to 769 Holiday Lane, Des Plaines, IL 60016. Cash donations enable us to buy perishable groceries such as meat, cheese, butter and milk.
We are only accepting donations of non-perishable food items, fresh produce, personal and paper products due to the coronavirus pandemic. The following items in BOLD TYPE are in very short supply:
Ground coffee (Reg. or Decaf)
Sugar (5 lb. or less)
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce)
Boxed and pouched sides
Cans of baked beans (16 oz cans)
Jell-O or Instant pudding
Small canned main dishes (Spaghetti-Os, etc.)
Meal shakes for people with diabetes (Glucerna or generic)
Liquid hand soap and body soap
Laundry detergent and dish soap
Period products - pads and tampons
Postage stamps (for writing thank you letters)
Fresh Produce - any
home-grown vegetables in the summer
Paper Items and Toiletries
laundry detergent and dish soap
WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING CLOTHING AT THIS TIME DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
WHEN we resume accepting clothing donations, due to space limitations, we can only accept clothing that is for the current season. Clothing must be clean and in very good condition. We especially need:
new underwear: men's (all sizes), women's (5-9), children's (all sizes), toddler's (3-5)
new socks: especially men's white athletic
men's shirts and t-shirts
Items We Cannot Accept
restaurant condiment packets
baby/toddler car seats
housewares (please donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.)