Common Pantry

Common Pantry Chicago's oldest continually-operating food pantry! http://www.commonpantry.org
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Common Pantry is devoted to providing food, personal care items and social service referrals to qualifying individuals and families in our service area. Common Pantry offers qualifying clients monthly allotments of groceries, produce, canned goods, frozen foods and health and beauty supplies at no cost. Each month, Common Pantry serves an average of 320 households representing approximately 1,300 people.

Happy Kwanzaa to all who celebrate! We hope it is full of peace and joy!
12/26/2022

Happy Kwanzaa to all who celebrate! We hope it is full of peace and joy!

For some much needed rest and relaxation after a busy holiday season, Common Pantry will be closed this week. Please hol...
12/26/2022

For some much needed rest and relaxation after a busy holiday season, Common Pantry will be closed this week. Please hold onto any food donations until after the new year. If you are looking for food, please go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository website to find other food pantries nearby.

We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

A warm and special thanks to all our volunteers, donors, and supporters who made this holiday season full of cheer and j...
12/25/2022

A warm and special thanks to all our volunteers, donors, and supporters who made this holiday season full of cheer and joy! We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday! 🎄

The numbers aren’t in just yet, but one thing for sure is that we know we served over 3,000 hot lunches this year! Our g...
12/23/2022

The numbers aren’t in just yet, but one thing for sure is that we know we served over 3,000 hot lunches this year! Our guests depend on us week after week to serve a delicious and nutritious hot meal and we need your help. Donate today to help us continue to serve our neighbors!

Sleigh it ain’t so! We have been able to make happier holidays and provide gifts to 434 children through our Common Kids...
12/20/2022

Sleigh it ain’t so! We have been able to make happier holidays and provide gifts to 434 children through our Common Kids holiday drive, over 50 homebound seniors by partnering with and 12 families by partnering with local Starbucks!

We are tree-mendously grateful for everyone who has volunteered, donated, and supported us this holiday season. Special thanks to , , The Book Cellar, , , , and Starbucks. It wouldn't have been possible without you!

12/19/2022
Happy first night of Hanukkah! We wish everyone a warm Festival of Lights, full of peace and joy.
12/18/2022

Happy first night of Hanukkah! We wish everyone a warm Festival of Lights, full of peace and joy.

2022 has been a whirlwind of a year so far! We set a new record of November being out all time second highest month of h...
12/16/2022

2022 has been a whirlwind of a year so far! We set a new record of November being out all time second highest month of households served- the highest being during the peak of the pandemic. We served 79% more households than November 2021 can only expect December to be similar.  

Check out our website (link in bio) for more information on food, volunteering, or donating to help meet the needs of all our neighbors.

That’s a wrap to week 1 of Holiday distribution! Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and supporters, we able to provide h...
12/09/2022

That’s a wrap to week 1 of Holiday distribution! Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and supporters, we able to provide happier holidays to over 250 children!! With one more week, we still need your help to make sure we have enough gift cards. Donate a $25 gift card to Target or Walmart to help spread holiday cheer!

Food is our love language: Today's hot lunch fed 100 folks pan-fried tilapia, Greek potatoes with sun-dried tomatoes, fe...
12/07/2022

Food is our love language: Today's hot lunch fed 100 folks pan-fried tilapia, Greek potatoes with sun-dried tomatoes, feta and olives, and a bright, green salad! Selected and prepared by our Food Programs Manager and kitchen team of volunteers, we like to spread the love!

If you'd like to learn more or donate to help us keep the quality of our lunches high, check out our website at www.commonpantry.org

THANK YOU to all our volunteers who help us make our work possible! We depend on volunteers for the majority of our oper...
12/05/2022

THANK YOU to all our volunteers who help us make our work possible! We depend on volunteers for the majority of our operations and couldn’t do it without everyone’s support! 💕

Our Common Kids Elves still need help making sure we have enough gifts for our families! Consider donating a $25 gift ca...
12/01/2022

Our Common Kids Elves still need help making sure we have enough gifts for our families! Consider donating a $25 gift card from Target or  Walmart (psst, there's even a giftcard deal at Target this weekend)! Or sign up at the link in our bio to volunteer to help pass books and gift cards out. Let's spread some holiday cheer this season!

One in four Chicago families with children are experiencing food insecurity this year. Our work is needed more than ever...
11/29/2022

One in four Chicago families with children are experiencing food insecurity this year. Our work is needed more than ever before and we couldn't do it without our donors and community to support us.

Thank you to everyone who has donated, volunteered, or given back on Giving Tuesday or throughout our 55 year history!

You can still help us rise up to the challenge this year by learning more about our work or donating today on Giving Tuesday! Visit our website (link in bio) to learn more about how you can give back.

Thank you  for hosting a food drive and all the fans who brought donations! After last week, this was much needed!Check ...
11/28/2022

Thank you for hosting a food drive and all the fans who brought donations! After last week, this was much needed!

Check out our website for more information on how to help support us this holiday season!

With giving out over 250 holiday meals, helping provide groceries to over 180 families (over the course of TWO DAYS) and...
11/24/2022

With giving out over 250 holiday meals, helping provide groceries to over 180 families (over the course of TWO DAYS) and having amazing volunteers who helped make this happen, we are feeling nothing but grateful today! We’re wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday spent with loved ones. 💕🦃🍁

It’s the season of giving and everyone has something to give, from thanks, to time, to food or donating! With demand bei...
11/22/2022

It’s the season of giving and everyone has something to give, from thanks, to time, to food or donating! With demand being up 74% from this time a year ago, we need more help to ensure we have enough food for all our guests during the holidays.

Check out our website for more information on food, volunteering, or donating to help meet the needs of all our neighbors.

Giving Tuesday is two weeks from today! Save the date now and if you’re planning on giving, consider Common Pantry this ...
11/15/2022

Giving Tuesday is two weeks from today! Save the date now and if you’re planning on giving, consider Common Pantry this holiday season so we can continue to fill the gaps for all our guests.

It’s that time of year again! We are beginning to collect $25 Target or Walmart gift cards and new board and picture boo...
11/14/2022

It’s that time of year again! We are beginning to collect $25 Target or Walmart gift cards and new board and picture books for our guests this holiday season. Between now and Dec 7th, you can drop any donations off or if you're too stressed to add onto your holiday list, you can always donate directly to the Holiday Drive and we can do the shopping for you!

It’s the start of National Hunger and Homelessness week and just a reminder of the work that is still needed to be done....
11/13/2022

It’s the start of National Hunger and Homelessness week and just a reminder of the work that is still needed to be done. Staff, volunteers, and our supporters already do so much to fill in the gaps for our guests but we need to keep fighting as a way of prevention.

Neighbors! We need your help to make sure we have enough holiday meals for our guest this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Th...
11/11/2022

Neighbors! We need your help to make sure we have enough holiday meals for our guest this Thanksgiving and Christmas. The number of dinners we receive is based on the number of donations given at checkout so please consider donating when you go grocery shopping this weekend!

For all of 2022, we have seen an increase in the number of households we serve each month compared to 2021. Inflation ha...
11/10/2022

For all of 2022, we have seen an increase in the number of households we serve each month compared to 2021. Inflation hasn’t slowed down and our guests cannot keep up with basic necessities at a higher cost.

Check out our website for more information on food, volunteering, or donating to help meet the needs of all our neighbors.

It’s World Kindness Week and we wanted to showcase just some of the kind words that our volunteers had to say about us! ...
11/08/2022

It’s World Kindness Week and we wanted to showcase just some of the kind words that our volunteers had to say about us! A big THANK YOU to all our volunteers who allow us to operate and spread kindness to all our guests!

And if you’re looking for ways to keep the kindness up this week of holiday season consider donating towards holiday meals at one of our partnered Jewel-Oscos (Lincoln, Western/Roscoe, or Southport locations) or volunteering to raise donations this Saturday. Click the link in our bio to find out more!

From our hearts to yours, we hope that today is full of memories and love for everyone and those who are no longer with ...
11/02/2022

From our hearts to yours, we hope that today is full of memories and love for everyone and those who are no longer with us 💛🧡❤️

We depend on volunteers every day to help us feed our neighbors and want to give a big THANK YOU to Northern Trust for s...
10/28/2022

We depend on volunteers every day to help us feed our neighbors and want to give a big THANK YOU to Northern Trust for sending folks throughout October. From restocking shelves to bringing in donations to creating doubled grocery bags, they did it all!

Check out our website (link in bio) for more information about food, volunteering, or donating to help meet the need.

It's a simple way to help us year round, but it's especially impactful during the busy shopping season!
10/27/2022

It's a simple way to help us year round, but it's especially impactful during the busy shopping season!

Still need your COVID-19 booster? Stop by the pantry tomorrow 12-2pm for our free booster clinic provided by our partner...
10/25/2022

Still need your COVID-19 booster? Stop by the pantry tomorrow 12-2pm for our free booster clinic provided by our partner Swedish Covenant Hospital! This is available to anyone and everyone, so stop on by and spread the word!

Peaches for everyone! Having beautiful, fresh fruits and vegetables available for our guests is a top priority for us as...
10/24/2022

Peaches for everyone! Having beautiful, fresh fruits and vegetables available for our guests is a top priority for us as access to these foods is a right, not a luxury. Help us continue to provide these beauties for all by purchasing "produce" on our wish list from our I Am Your Neighbor Party fundraiser (there's still time to help us get to our goal!) at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/i20/item/201014/

Week 2 of 4 down for the Northern Trust team here at Common Pantry! Nearly 20 volunteers will be dedicating their time o...
10/21/2022

Week 2 of 4 down for the Northern Trust team here at Common Pantry! Nearly 20 volunteers will be dedicating their time on Thursdays during their October Achieving Greater Together campaign. Thanks Ryan S for taking a minute to pose with the staff!


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Still thinking about what a blast last Friday's I Am Your Neighbor Party was (and definitely still dreaming about all th...
10/20/2022

Still thinking about what a blast last Friday's I Am Your Neighbor Party was (and definitely still dreaming about all those good local bites and drinks)! Thank you to all who came and supported us!

Couldn't make it last Friday? You can still contribute! Consider donating or purchasing one of our wish list items at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/i20/items/

Thank you!

The party might be over but the COMMON good doesn’t have to stop! Thank you to everyone who attended and made last night...
10/15/2022

The party might be over but the COMMON good doesn’t have to stop! Thank you to everyone who attended and made last night one for the memories. And for everyone who couldn’t make it, there are still ways to give and support our COMMON purpose. Consider sponsoring a weekly hot lunch or buying a much needed wishlist item at this link: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/i20/items/

And make sure to mark your calendars for for next year!

10/14/2022

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT! We will kick off our wonderful party at Artifact Events at 7pm to celebrate Common Pantry and all those who help make our work possible. Thank you to everyone involved!

Each and every Wednesday our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist crafts a lunch that is prepped, cooked, and served by a w...
10/11/2022

Each and every Wednesday our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist crafts a lunch that is prepped, cooked, and served by a wonderful group of volunteers from 12-1pm. It’s always gets great reviews, is made with love, and is delicious!

Check out our website for more information on food, volunteering, or donating to help meet the needs of all our neighbors.

While we can’t change the atrocities that have happened in our history we can look towards the future and acknowledge th...
10/10/2022

While we can’t change the atrocities that have happened in our history we can look towards the future and acknowledge that Chicago was built upon native lands, specifically those of the Council of the Three Fires: Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations as well as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox Nations. Native Americans have contributed greatly to our food systems but are now most likely to experience food insecurity, poverty, and diet-related diseases. Take a moment today to learn more about these issues and ways to help our Native American communities.

With demand being at an all-time high, continuing to increase week after week, we just wanted to give a shout-out to our...
10/07/2022

With demand being at an all-time high, continuing to increase week after week, we just wanted to give a shout-out to our teen volunteers who came and did amazing work this past Wednesday night to help feed our neighbors!

Check out our website for more information about food, volunteering, or donating to help meet the need of all our neighbors.

Sip!  Sip! Hooray!  We're 10 days away and want to give another big thank you to Begyle Brewing Burning Bush Brewery Dov...
10/04/2022

Sip! Sip! Hooray! We're 10 days away and want to give another big thank you to Begyle Brewing Burning Bush Brewery Dovetail Brewery KOVAL Distillery Star Union Spirits and Tito's Handmade Vodka for your generous support of Common Pantry’s I Am Your Neighbor party. Cheers! Tickets + info at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/i20

SALE-TOBER! TODAY ONLY! Purchase a ticket today to I Am Your Neighbor and receive a free raffle ticket in support of Com...
10/03/2022

SALE-TOBER! TODAY ONLY! Purchase a ticket today to I Am Your Neighbor and receive a free raffle ticket in support of Common Pantry. One lucky winner will enjoy a multi-course, chef’s table experience at . Don’t miss out! Tickets + info at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/i20

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3908 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL
60613

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Monday 9am - 1pm
Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 1pm

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Common Pantry is devoted to providing food, personal care items and social service referrals to qualifying individuals and families in our service area. Common Pantry offers qualifying clients monthly allotments of groceries, produce, canned goods, frozen foods and health and beauty supplies at no cost. Each month, Common Pantry serves an average of 320 households representing approximately 1,300 people.


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Our wreath season wraps tonight with one final workshop benefitting Common Pantry! We have 4 spots left if you see this and want to join us tonight!
A look back at past The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Always love our graphics! We pop up again tomorrow at 11 am.

🎁 JOIN US.....
Grab friends and family for our annual Holiday Pop Up
• The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop
•3730 N Oakley Ave, Chicago
•December 10th and 11th
•11 am to 5 pm both days
•Featuring over 40 Women Artists
•Accepting donations for Common Pantry
•Easy Parking right outside in the lot
•Free Admission
•Family Friendly..
TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY! The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop opens at 11 am. 🥳

🎁 JOIN US.....
Grab friends and family for our annual Holiday Pop Up
• The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop
•3730 N Oakley Ave, Chicago
•December 10th and 11th
•11 am to 5 pm both days
•Featuring over 40 Women Artists
•Accepting donations for Common Pantry
•Easy Parking right outside in the lot
•Free Admission
•Family Friendly..
Today is the day to set a reminder for this weekend! The Chicago Art Girls pop up is happening and we are partnering with Common Pantry to collect body care products and non perishable food for our neighbors in need. The need increases exponentially, and every little bit helps!

I will have several pair of geode earrings with me, but they are a customer favorite and sell quickly! If you have your eyes on a pair for you or for a gift, come early for the best choice!

Chicago Art Girls love to give back to the community. Coming to The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop this weekend? Please bring a non perishable good to donate to Common Pantry. See the list of most needed items. Dec 10&11 11am-5pm. Thanks!
The return of The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop is this weekend! Did you know that we also partner with a local charity every year? We will be collecting non-perishable food and personal care items at the door to assist the efforts of Common Pantry. Attached is a list of their most needed items. You can also opt to make a monetary donation with your phone via a QR code provided by the pantry. Thank you in advance for giving back with us! We can’t wait to see you!
We are partnering with Common Pantry again to collect pantry items as well as monetary donations at The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop THIS WEEKEND. Needed items are listed below. Donate $20 or more and you will get a Chicago Art Girls tote bag!! (while supplies last)..
Good news! Our students and supporters stepped up again this year! More than $700 was raised through our Buy-A-Cup Benefit, and ALL of it is going straight to the Common Pantry

We hope that every time you take a sip from your new artist-made mug that you remember the good you did. How is that for feeling warm and fuzzy this holiday season?!
This is the show you want to attend this weekend - fun people, talented artists and a food drive for our neighbors in need at Common Pantry. This Saturday and Sunday at Bell School, 11-5 both days. Free Parking, Free Admission. Come say hi!
135 wreaths down - 385 to go! While most of these are private events - the dates below still have spots open if you’d like to join us for a wreath workshop!!!

tonight! - wreath workshop benefitting Common Pantry - SOLD OUT
Dec. 3+4 - wreath workshops at Gallagher Way Chicago Winterland - Saturday 11am tickets available
Dec. 11 - wreath workshop with Real Dog Moms of Chicago benefitting Hinsdale Humane Society
Dec. 15 - wreath workshop at LIVELY on Armitage

Shout-out to Vivant Gardening Services for being a rockstar partner and helping in many ways including creating 500+ bundles of fresh greens! It takes a village to make the holidays happen and it’s more fun that way!! Enjoy this wreath photo dump….
Happy Giving Tuesday!

Lincoln Square and Ravenswood are full of amazing non-profits serving our community. If you’re able to give this season, please consider donating to a local non-profit.

One of our favorite things about our community is that we’re all connected and here to support one another. Today, on Giving Tuesday, local businesses are also giving a portion of their sales to local non-profits and causes. Here are just a few, visit lincolnsquare.org/giving-tuesday for more options.

⭐️ Eco & the Flamingo is donating 10% of sales today to Growing Home Inc.
⭐️ Savory Spice Shop is donating 20% of sales today to The Friendship Center
⭐️30% of all profits from sales A Pretty Flower goes to Common Pantry
⭐️ All purchases made at Planet Access support the mission of Search, Inc.
⭐️ BWYB gives 10% of their monthly sales to YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
⭐️ 100% of Hazel sales of the Common Pantry go to the food pantry
Next up in Chicago is Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop Up and we are collecting non perishable food and body care products. Please check out Common Pantry's website for their most needed items. . . and if you forget the food, we will have a QR code for direct monetary donations.

And here is the link to our show! https://www.facebook.com/events/1464212217429414
In need for thanksgiving !? 🦃

The Common Pantry, located at 3744 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 will be providing turkeys along with groceries for families today, Tuesday, November 22nd 1-4pm and 6-8pm. Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23rd 1-4pm. Thursday- Closed.
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The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop
📢 ARTIST SHOUT OUT: Midwest Mycelium

❤️ My functional mushroom beverages are a delicious way to get a full daily dose of the power of mushrooms! Whether you choose our custom blended and roasted mushroom coffee or one of my our yummy super lattes, you can enjoy a morning or afternoon ritual that will help build your immunity, increase focus, protect your gut, enhance performance and mitigate stress.-Maria Mulcahy

🎁 JOIN US.....
Grab friends and family for our annual Holiday Pop Up
• The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop
•3730 N Oakley Ave, Chicago
•December 10th and 11th
•11 am to 5 pm both days
•Featuring over 40 Women Artists
•Accepting donations for Common Pantry
•Easy Parking right outside in the lot
•Free Admission
•Family Friendly..
The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop
📢 ARTIST SHOUT OUT: Michele A Friedman Jewelry

❤️ Fabricated jewelry in oxidized sterling, 18k Bi-metal & set with my wool felt "stones". I developed a technique to achieve my goal of incorporating color, pattern & texture into my work by manipulating wool felt into shapes and then treating them like actual stones — Michele Friedman

🎁 JOIN US.....
Grab friends and family for our annual Holiday Pop Up
• The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop
•3730 N Oakley Ave, Chicago
•December 10th and 11th
•11 am to 5 pm both days
•Featuring over 40 Women Artists
•Accepting donations for Common Pantry
•Easy Parking right outside in the lot
•Free Admission
•Family Friendly..
We were so honored last night to kick off Common Pantry’s “I Am Your Neighbor” fundraiser party for the 11th year in a row! We formed a band 11 years ago for this fundraiser, playing as a duet year one and expanding with each event. Congratulations to Common Pantry on last night’s rockin’ bash and thanks for feeding our neighbors!