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

Item Donations

We always welcome donations of non-perishable food items, as well as personal hygiene, paper goods and cleaning supplies. Baby formula, diapers and wipes are also welcomed.

You can also sponsor a food drive, and involve others in your giving!

Donation Drop Off Times: Drop off at the pantry (100 Cleveland Ave, Door #20, Carpentersville)
  • Tuesday 8am to 9:30am
  • Tuesday 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 11am to 1pm

Other days, times and locations may be available. Contact us at The pantry is closed the weeks of December 25th, 2023, and January 1st, 2024. You can schedule your donation for drop off or pick up by emailing

Most Needed Items


  • Coffee – ground
  • Coffee – KCups
  • Tea Bags
  • Juice (canned/plastic containers)
  • Juice Boxes
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Soda/Prepared Drink


  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Spam
  • Salmon
  • Chili/Stew
  • Ravioli/Spaghetti-os
  • Vegetables (any)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomatoes (any variety)
  • Beans (black, red, refried)
  • Soups (any variety)


  • Beans (pinto, black)
  • Rice
  • Rice Side Dishes
  • Pasta Side Dishes
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Dry Pasta
  • Cake Mixes & Frosting
  • Crackers


  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Crisco
  • Condiments (any)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Salad Dressing
  • Goya Products
  • Baby Food


  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Body Soap or Body Wash
  • Feminine Care Products
  • Diapers (any size)
  • Laundry Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning Products (any)
  • Travel-size Toiletries


Most frequent questions and answers
Our top 10 most needed items are:
1. Personal Hygiene Items (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper…etc)
2. Canned meat (tuna/chicken,chili, Manwhich)
3. Canned Pasta (spaghetti-O’s, Ravioli ..etc)
4. Coffee
5. Flour
6. Cooking Oil
7. Sugar
8. Canned or Frozen Fruit
9. Breakfast Items (Cereal/Pop-Tarts/Oatmeal)
10. Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressing..etc..)
Every Food Pantry is different and serves a different mix of people.  Items that we often seen donated at our pantry, but are not well received by the families that visit our pantry include: canned pumpkin, stuffing, canned cranberries, canned green beans.
Additionally, if it has been in your pantry so long that you will not eat it, it should not come to ours. And, please, no glass items.

We often do not get as many donations from April through September and would love to have you host a food drive or make a donation during that time of year!

Yes!  With the money that you donate, we are able to purchase food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank or at other area retailers that may provide an item we can’t get elsewhere.

Not necessarily.  While it is true that our dollar can stretch farther when we purchase food through the food bank, we are also limited to the choices they have available, which might not align with what our current needs are.  See our top 10 item list for ideas to donate or host a food drive targeting some of those items.

Tuesdays 8:30am to 10am
Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm
Wednesdays 11am to 1pm
Or contact our pantry manager to set up a time that works best for you.