News & Events

Each year, the Pantry benefits from fundraisers and food drives held by service organizations, local businesses, school districts and individuals in the community. Following are some of the annual events:

  • Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger campaign

  • Putt for the Pantry

  • Maine West High School Fill the Bus

  • Forest School Area Turkey Trot

  • St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church food drive

  • Jewel/Osco Turkey Dinner and Ham Dinner food drives

  • Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Condo Association Food Fight

Thank you to all of our supporters - we couldn't do this without you!

Putt for the Pantry Foot Golf August 27 from 4-8pm at Lake Park Golf Course. Adult tickets $15; children $10. Add a hot dog or burger meal for $5. Beer and wine available for $5. Bring your own soccer bowl or rent one for $2 with a $5 deposit.
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.

About the Pantry

Part of the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry "Please Stop Here" series by Ian Ryan Interactive

Our New Location

The City of Des Plaines visited the new location at 769 Holiday Lane.

Part of the Community

Featured on WTTW Chicago Tonight "In Your Neighborhood Series"

Directly from the Director

Summer 2022


We are all about community, and that's what made our participation so enjoyable in the recent Taste of Des Plaines. Well, that and the fact that it was one of our first in-person events since pre-COVID times. For two days we got to sit in our booth and watch the world go by - our Des Plaines world - reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.


"How's your new place?" many inquired - referring to our relocation in October 2020. "Not so new at all," we'd reply considering we've been serving clients in our new home for more than 20 months. Has it really been that long? It's amazing how the pandemic has distorted our sense of time, right? We could sort of pretend for two days at the Taste that nothing has changed since we were there last. Except for some people wearing masks and the higher prices that we're feeling everywhere.


What hasn't changed is community support for our food pantry. You filled our change jar at the Taste. You inquired about donor hours and current needs. You expressed genuine interest in our work and completed a few volunteer applications. And we are so grateful for that now more than ever.


Thank you Des Plaines!

Debra Walusiak, Executive Director

Thanks to employees of Reyes Holdings for transporting their large food drive donations to the Pantry.