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:

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

The Story of the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines

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 2023

My message this summer is simple: Our Red Barrels need you! Specifically, our trademark Red Barrel food collection tubs are just waiting to be filled this sumer. Can you help? Please consider including our Red Barrels in your block party, company picnic, family reunion or other events you're planning with family and friends. Let them know you'll be collecting for the Pantry, and share the list of our most needed items which is updated weekly on our homepage.

Just give me a call at 847-337-1443, and I will deliver the barrels. Easy!

As always, thank you to this caring community!

Debra Walusiak, Executive Director

two people from Rivers Casino holding grocery bags full of donations

Thanks to Rivers Casino in Des Plaines for their support of the Pantry!

An annual tradition! Run or walk on Thanksgiving morning to support the Pantry. 8am check-in; 9am start at Beacon Tap