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.


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.

Red Barrels

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 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.

By Mail

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.

Donation Needs

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)

  • Instant coffee

  • Cooking oil

  • Sugar (5 lb. or less)

  • Tea

  • Juice

  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce)

  • Canned veggies

  • Boxed spaghetti

  • Boxed and pouched sides

  • Tuna

  • Rice

  • Cans of baked beans (16 oz cans)

  • Pancake mix

  • Jell-O or Instant pudding

  • Canned frosting

  • Old-fashioned oatmeal

  • Instant oatmeal

  • Small canned main dishes (Spaghetti-Os, etc.)

  • Ramen

  • 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

  • apples

  • oranges

  • bananas

  • potatoes

  • onions

  • squash

  • lettuce

  • tomatoes

  • herbs

  • home-grown vegetables in the summer

Paper Items and Toiletries

  • toilet paper

  • laundry detergent and dish soap

  • postage stamps



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

  • men's jeans

Items We Cannot Accept

  • expired food

  • restaurant condiment packets

  • video tapes

  • furniture

  • men's suits

  • baby/toddler car seats

  • baby furniture

  • toys

  • stuffed animals

  • housewares (please donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.)

  • alcoholic beverages