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® food drive
Maine West High School Fill the Bus
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!
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
In our last newsletter, I reported that our food pantry served more than 1,000 individuals in November 2022. That number rose to 1,167 in December 2022 and 1,212 in February 2023. The trend definitely is upward, and the challenge to meet the need definitely is on. Can you help? Please know that any and all food and monetary donations always are appreciated, especially these days.
You might consider becoming a quarterly sponsor by donating at the Gold, Platinum or Diamond Level. We lend out our spiffy Red Barrels (we ordered more, so we have a lot) to collect food donations at your business, church, school, condo. How about at your next party in lieu of gifts?
There are many ways to help our neighbors in need who seek food assistance through our food pantry. Visit the home page for a list of most needed items right now.
As always, thank you to this caring community!
Debra Walusiak, Executive Director