100 Cleveland Ave
Carpentersville IL

Outreach Center

21 Washington St,
Carpentersville IL

Contact Us

(847) 783-7030

Pantry Hours

Wednesdays 5 -7pm
Thursdays 6 - 8pm

From an idea to a thriving food pantry...

The story of the D300 Food Pantry really began in 2015 when our Founder, Craig Raddatz approached School District 300 administration with the idea of opening a school-based food pantry within one of their schools.  

Knowing the need in D300 was present, indicative to the fact that there were eight Title I schools, they were very receptive to the idea and began to work alongside Mr. Raddatz and Northern Illinois Food Bank to bring the first school-based food pantry to Kane and McHenry County.
The area where the pantry exists today was literally transformed from a dock area into a functional space servicing hundreds of families each month! Funding support for renovations came through Northern Illinois Food Bank via Feeding America and included, among others, Morgan Stanley.
In late August 2016, the D300 Food Pantry officially opened! Now, in our seventh year of operations, we have over 700 families registered with us and serve, on average, 125 to 130 families each week (that number has grown by 40% since June of 2023)! We are a 501 (c) 3 organization (EIN 47-5540004).
We are open for our families in need each week – even throughout the summer. Families can visit us each week to fill their carts with nutritious, varied, and fresh groceries including bread, meat, cereal, milk, etc.
As a school-based food pantry we are all about the kids! We pride ourselves not only in providing families with food but also a friendly, family-oriented environment where they can be comfortable and relaxed. To this end, we also facilitate several other special programs each year including an Egg Hunt, School Re-Supply Distribution, Customized Holiday Meal Boxes, and Holiday Stockings stuffers.

The D300 Food Pantry is 100% volunteer-run and 100% donation-dependent. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers’ time and truly would not function without that component. And, of course, we rely on the generosity of our donors to ultimately keep the shelves stocked!

In summary, our tag line is brief but succinct in that it captures what we do and why we do it perfectly. Together, we are KEEPIN THE KIDS FED!