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!


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

Winter 2022


To our volunteer "staff" at the SHC&P:


This year has been another challenging one, and, yet, you showed up. You sorted/stocked/folded/hung/lifted/transported food and clothing before, during and after regular hours. You masked up, sanitized, social distanced, greeted clients and donors with a friendly smile and generally just did whatever it took to make things run smoothly all year long. You worked outside before it was "safe" to bring clients in the building, taking names and distributing food curbside (and here we go again as 2022 approaches).


You loaded cars week after week. Through rain, snow and everything in between, you were there. You lend your talents and your professional skills for the good of our food pantry. You organize, troubleshoot and bake or buy snacks for fellow volunteers. You share your carpentry, computer, mechanical, medical and technical knowledge. You donate food, clothing, money and more to our cause.


Most of all, you donate your time, and that's invaluable. Thank You, angels disguised as volunteers in red T-shirts. You truly make our community a better place.


Happy New Year!

Debra Walusiak, Executive Director

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