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

  • Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in the spring (canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19)

  • Putt for the Pantry in the summer

  • Bears Tailgate Party in the fall

  • Food Fight in the winter

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

2021 February Food Fight Supports Pantry - BIG TIME!!

Once again, organizations, businesses, senior living communities and condominiums rallied to support the Pantry by donating the most food by weight. This year, monetary donations counted as one pound for every dollar.

First Place: Kiwanis Club - 2,081.5 lbs
Second Place: D&A Services - $500 + 638 lbs = 1,138 lbs
Third Place: Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce - $1,070 (B2B) + 21 lbs = 1,091 lbs

Des Plaines Camera Club - $750 = 750 lbs
Athletico - $650 + 95 lbs = 745 lbs
International Bank of Chicago - $500 = 500 lbs
Des Plaines Public Library - 485 lbs
Brookdale - $165 + 169 lbs = 334 lbs
The Waterford of Des Plaines - 301 lbs
National Catholic Society of Foresters - 177 lbs
Mill Run of Des Plaines - 171.5 lbs
Diplomat of Des Plaines - 159 lbs
Old Dominion Freight - 156 lbs
Alden of Des Plaines - 96 lbs

Directly from the Director


For the steady stream of well wishes and generous donations that have come our way over the last few months.

For the family on Stratford Rd. that once again gave cash to our Pantry instead of giving holiday gifts to each other.

Another local family that did the same, saying their gift to each other this year simply would be "reading your letter of acknowledgment on Christmas morning."

And, yet another Des Plaines family who gave by creating a Reverse Advent Calendar based on our Pantry website wish list. They delivered their load of food after Christmas.

Receiving countless greeting cards stuffed with case, checks and handwritten notes:

  • I hope this helps.

  • Please find our donation check to help those in need.

  • We hope this contribution will aid in your making the holiday season special for our community members.

  • God bless your volunteers.

  • Please accept this donation to help our Des Plaines residents. It's such a turbulent time, and I know the need is great.

  • I suddenly find myself without plans on Christmas. Do you know a place where I might volunteer on that day?

In a year where just about everyone and everything has been affected by the pandemic, it's easy to lose sight of what mattered before hand sanitizer, masks and social distancing. You might say "gratitude" and "pandemic" don't even belong in the same sentence. This holiday season, though, it feels like there's a correlation.

It feels like we really are all in this together.

Debra Walusiak, Executive Director