Irving Park Community Food Pantry

Irving Park Community Food Pantry The Irving Park Community Food Pantry provides food to those in need who reside in the 60641 or 60618 ZIP codes. We are open on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7 pm.
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To qualify for food, visitors must present a photo ID or a piece of mail or other ID showing an address in 60641 or 60618 ZIP codes Those outside of this service area may come in once for a small, emergency amount of food until a Pantry in their area can be located. In addition to a 3-5 day supply of food, clients can receive pet food through our onsite Pet Food Corner, a partnership with the Community Animal Rescue Effort (CARE). Onsite assistance in applying for SNAP benefits is available as are other client resources and referrals once COVID protocols are eased. Special distributions include: Easter baskets, school supplies, winter coats & accessories and Holiday food and toy distributions.

Operating as usual

As you do your holiday shopping at Amazon, please remember to use the Smile feature they offer, which provides the Pantr...
11/27/2020

As you do your holiday shopping at Amazon, please remember to use the Smile feature they offer, which provides the Pantry with a donation of 0.5% of your sale! Just go to the Smile page (https://www.amazon.com/b?node=15576745011) and designate the Irving Park Community Food Pantry as the charity of your choice.
We just received our donation for July through September, and it came to $80.46! We appreciate everyone who has used it to help provide us with more money to buy food for our neighbors.

Once again, we wish to thank the Chicago Police Knights Baseball Team, who gave out food for Thanksgiving dinners at Ces...
11/25/2020

Once again, we wish to thank the Chicago Police Knights Baseball Team, who gave out food for Thanksgiving dinners at Cesar’s Killer Margaritas (at Broadway & Oakdale) over the weekend. When the program ended, they brought the leftover food to the Pantry so we could provide it to our clients next week.
The team delivering the food to the Pantry comprised (l-r): Officer Ceballos, Pantry Executive Director John Psiharis, Detective Acevedo, the Cesar’s team (including owner Israel Sanchez (in green) and his daughter) and Officer Gomez.
We appreciate their continued support of the Pantry and our clients. We wish them, the team at Cesar’s, our clients and all of our supporters a happy Thanksgiving!

While the Pantry is closed this week, there are many elves working tirelessly to fill stockings that volunteers will be ...
11/23/2020

While the Pantry is closed this week, there are many elves working tirelessly to fill stockings that volunteers will be giving to clients’ children up to 12 years old in our service area during our December distributions (beginning December 2nd).

We are grateful for the support we’ve already received for the virtual Holiday Gift drive. Donators have provided enough items to fill about 1/3 of the stockings that are needed for the program. If you would like to donate, please use one of the gift registries we set up to provide a contact-free delivery.
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2HJ7V23RLY4ZO…
Target: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=029f41129dc0481e90aada4720ab2689&lnk=registry_custom_url
Please do not bring gifts to the Pantry or order toys not on the registry, as we are not set up to receive them this year. You can also make a secure PayPal donation to the program at www.irvingparkfoodpantry.org or with a check mailed to Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 4256 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago IL 60618. If desired, you can indicate that your donation should go to the Holiday Gift program.

Deadline to receive gifts is Friday, December 11 so stockings can be filled in time for the final distribution of the year on December 16.

We appreciate your support, generosity and understanding of this COVID-modified Holiday program so the children of our clients in the 60641 and 60618 ZIP codes have some joy this holiday season!

Thank you to Long Grove Confectionary for its large donation of boxes of chocolate-covered walnuts and white-chocolate c...
11/22/2020

Thank you to Long Grove Confectionary for its large donation of boxes of chocolate-covered walnuts and white-chocolate covered holiday pretzels! We appreciate them thinking of us and our clients and helping to create a happier holiday season for them!
For more of Long Grove's candy selection, visit the factory store at 3407 N. Kimball Ave. or check them out online:
http://www.longgrove.com

St. John's Episcopal Church (3857 N. Kostner Ave.) is offering a free boxed lunch to those interested on Thanksgiving af...
11/21/2020

St. John's Episcopal Church (3857 N. Kostner Ave.) is offering a free boxed lunch to those interested on Thanksgiving afternoon.
Last names A-M can come between 1 and 1:30 p.m.
Last names N-Z can come between 1:30 and 2 p.m.
Please take appropriate precautions and dress warmly.
The Food Pantry itself is closed this coming week for the holiday. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Karen Luckring, a member of the Mission Committee at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, came into the Pantry earlier this w...
11/20/2020

Karen Luckring, a member of the Mission Committee at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, came into the Pantry earlier this week to drop off five big boxes of food, the first donations from an ongoing food drive the church is running for the Pantry. Volunteers Dave Kuntzelman and Gordon Weaver were on hand to help bring in the food.
We appreciate their continued support!

11/19/2020
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The Pantry served 122 families with 493 people on a sunny, autumnal Wednesday yesterday, the last day of our Thanksgiving program. Clients received their regular monthly food along with the makings of a holiday dinner for their immediate families.
The Pantry will be closed next Wednesday for Thanksgiving and then will open on December 2nd for three more weeks to distribute food to clients and provide the makings for another holiday dinner along with holiday treats for children up to 12 years old.
If you would like to donate to either the Holiday Meal or Holiday Gift program, you can make a secure PayPal donation at www.irvingparkfoodpantry.org or send a check to Irving Park Food Pantry, 4256 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago IL 60618. If desired you can mark your donation to be applied directly to one of those programs.
Gift donations can be provided only through our two online registries at
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2HJ7V23RLY4ZO?ref_=wl_share
and Target: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=029f41129dc0481e90aada4720ab2689&lnk=registry_custom_url
We appreciate your continued support of these programs and all of our programs throughout the year and we wish you a happy Thanksgiving however you celebrate it this year!

The Pantry received its delivery of more than 9,000 pounds of food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Monday as...
11/18/2020

The Pantry received its delivery of more than 9,000 pounds of food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Monday as expected, which included the third and final delivery of our additional Thanksgiving food to ensure clients have the makings of a holiday dinner to share with their family.
The food will be supplemented by other deliveries that arrived on Tuesday and this morning as we prepare to open at 9 a.m. (until noon) for our neighbors in the 60618 and 60641 ZIP codes. We anticipate larger numbers both from people coming in before we close for the holiday and with more restrictions being put onto places of businesses that will put some out of work yet again.
If you would like to help us meet this greater need at this difficult time of year especially, please make a secure PayPal donation at www.irvingparkfoodpantry.org. Or you can mail a check to Irving Park Food Pantry, 4256 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago IL 60618.
Thank you for your support!

Each year, the Pantry holds a special Holiday program for its clients to help them celebrate their winter holidays. As w...
11/14/2020

Each year, the Pantry holds a special Holiday program for its clients to help them celebrate their winter holidays. As with everything else in 2020, virus protocols will make this year's plan very much different than in the past, but we hope just as successful and celebratory. And we need your help to do that.
Most of all, we are requesting donations to our virtual gift program, with selection from our registries at:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2HJ7V23RLY4ZO?ref_=wl_share
Target: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=029f41129dc0481e90aada4720ab2689&lnk=registry_custom_url
Please do not bring donations to the Pantry or order toys not on these lists, as we will not be set up to receive them or fit them into the stockings.
You also can make a secure PayPal donation to the program at www.irvingparkfoodpantry.org or with a check mailed to Irving Park Food Pantry, 4256 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago IL 60618. If desired, you can mark your donation for the Holiday program.
We appreciate your support, generosity and understanding in helping with this program to ensure our clients' children in the 60641 and 60618 ZIP codes are able to have a little happier holidays!

Thank you to Horner Park Neighbors for working to support our efforts to help those with food insecurity in the 60641 an...
11/14/2020

Thank you to Horner Park Neighbors for working to support our efforts to help those with food insecurity in the 60641 and 60618 ZIP codes!

Thank you to everyone who donated their leftover Halloween candy to the Pantry this week! We gave a bag of candy to 100 ...
11/13/2020

Thank you to everyone who donated their leftover Halloween candy to the Pantry this week! We gave a bag of candy to 100 families this week and will continue to give it next week as part of the Thanksgiving-dinner program we are providing to all of our clients in the 60618 and 60641 ZIP codes.
We are happy to continue to accept donations of candy you can't use! It can be dropped off at the Pantry (4256 N. Ridgeway Ave.) on Mondays from 10 to noon, Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. or put into our gray metal dropbox by the main door at any time.
It also can be taken to Big Helpers (4184 N. Elston Ave.) from 10 to 5 on Monday through Friday or put into the box on the enclosed front porch at 3833 N. Tripp Ave. any time.
Thank you for your support for all of our programs to help our neighbors in need!

The Pantry served 123 families on an autumnal Wednesday this week, providing each household with the makings of a Thanks...
11/12/2020

The Pantry served 123 families on an autumnal Wednesday this week, providing each household with the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner and a bag of festive (aka leftover Halloween) candy in addition to the regular 3 to 5 days of nutritional food from all categories.
Combined with the 27 families served on Tuesday night and the 18 families that receive our limited homebound service, the Pantry provided food to 168 families this week totaling an estimated 675 people. We have one more week of our Thanksgiving program this month and then we will be closed on November 25th.
We continue to work with a minimal volunteer crew owing to various obligations and safety concerns. If you are able to help out on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to noon, please fill out the Volunteer form at www.irvingparkfoodpantry.org under How to Help-Volunteer. If you have questions, email Volunteer Manager Betsy Minor at [email protected].
Thank you for your support as we work to achieve our mission of being "Neighbors Helping Neighbors!"

Thank you to Carlson Community Services and the Irving Park Lutheran Church for their big donation this week!
11/11/2020

Thank you to Carlson Community Services and the Irving Park Lutheran Church for their big donation this week!

Thanks to everyone who donated to our flash food and diaper drive for the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. With Irving Park Lutheran Church, we delivered 95 bags of groceries and diapers to the food pantry on Tuesday. Thanks to Rebecca and Elmer Haneberg, their son Jack and Kirsten Gettings for helping with the delivery, and to all who donated. As the pantry has been saying since 1984, Neighbors Helping Neighbors!

Our thanks go to Cradles to Crayons (4141 W. George Street), which provides essentials such as clothing, books and toys ...
11/10/2020

Our thanks go to Cradles to Crayons (4141 W. George Street), which provides essentials such as clothing, books and toys to children in need. They donated a pallet of Tootsie Rolls to the Pantry, ensuring we'll have sweet treats to distribute to our clients this month! We appreciate their support. To learn more about Cradle to Crayons, visit www.cradlestocrayons.org.

Pantry volunteers were busy this morning, bringing in nearly 9,200 pounds of food delivered from the Greater Chicago Foo...
11/09/2020

Pantry volunteers were busy this morning, bringing in nearly 9,200 pounds of food delivered from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The large order will be needed for our three programs this week, distributions on Tuesday night (6 to 7:30 p.m.), Wednesday morning (9 to noon) and our homebound program to 14 longtime clients.
The delivery will be supplemented with food from a variety of other distributors who provide items that are not available from GCFD. We will receive deliveries of bread, dairy, produce, meat and other supplies. We expect our numbers to be growing as we get closer to Thanksgiving and clients in our service area of 60641 and 60618 ZIP codes come in to pick up their food for the holiday.
If you would like to help us provide food to our neighbors, please make a donation through the PayPal link at www.irvingparkfoodpantry.org or send a check to the Irving Park Food Pantry, 4256 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago IL 60618. Thank you for your continued support!

Steffanie Weil of CaptionCall returned to the Pantry this week to provide information and set up service for clients (or...
11/08/2020

Steffanie Weil of CaptionCall returned to the Pantry this week to provide information and set up service for clients (or anyone) who has hearing problems when on a phone call. She was accompanied by Caroline Godoy, who is new to the company.
CaptionCall phones provide large, easy-to-read text of the conversation or voice mails and works like a regular phone. It plugs in like other phones that can remain in use.
The phone, delivery, installation and training are free to those with hearing loss through the federally funded Americans with Disabilities Act (and paid for by a tax on your phone bill).
To learn more about CaptionCall and the program, visit https://captioncall.com/
To contact Steffanie about the program, email [email protected].

Thank you to everyone who has donated their after-Halloween treats to the Pantry! We are giving out a bag of goodies to ...
11/06/2020

Thank you to everyone who has donated their after-Halloween treats to the Pantry! We are giving out a bag of goodies to each family in our service area of 60641 and 60618 this month as part of our Thanksgiving program and will continue to do so while supplies last--and supplies are lasting longer as more candy rolls in!
Donations can be brought to the Pantry (4256 N. Ridgeway Ave.) on Monday (10 to noon) or Tuesday (1 to 3) or put into the gray dropbox by the front door (if it fits).
They also can be dropped off at Big Helpers (4184 N. Elston Ave.) from 10 to 5 on Monday through Friday or put into the box on the enclosed front porch at 3833 N. Tripp Ave. any time.
Thank you for helping all our clients have a little sweeter November!

The Pantry served 82 families during a warm first week of November, a drop from our recent 100+ totals. It gave the volu...
11/05/2020

The Pantry served 82 families during a warm first week of November, a drop from our recent 100+ totals. It gave the volunteers a few breathers and the unused perishable food, including frozen chicken and vegetables was delivered to several other pantries open that night and Thursday to ensure the food was given out.
Next week is our big week, with Tuesday night (6 to 7:30 p.m.), Wednesday (9 to noon) and our homebound service. We also expect numbers to increase as we get closer to Thanksgiving and more clients visit to pick up their food with the special holiday meal ingredients included. We also will be closed on the 25th for Thanksgiving, no doubt bringing in more clients early so they don't miss the November distribution.
If you would like to help us buy the varieties of food needed to provide well-round, nutritious meals for our neighbors in the 60641 and 60618 ZIP codes, please make a secure PayPal donation at www.irvingparkfoodpantry.org or mail a check to Irving Park Food Pantry, 4256 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago IL 6068. Thank you for your support!

Maura Kidwell came by the Pantry last week with Seamus, who had just turned four. (Prior to that, he informed us confide...
11/03/2020

Maura Kidwell came by the Pantry last week with Seamus, who had just turned four. (Prior to that, he informed us confidently, he had been three.) She donated a vacuum cleaner and the results of the food and toiletry drive Seamus had run for us during his birthday party. We appreciate Seamus thinking of us and using his party to help others! We wish him the best in his 4th year!

The Greater Chicago Food Depository delivered our order of more than 8,200 pounds of food this morning for our distribut...
11/02/2020

The Greater Chicago Food Depository delivered our order of more than 8,200 pounds of food this morning for our distribution on Wednesday, the first of the month.

With businesses clamping down and the weather turning chilly, more people are out of work and have no hope for an unemployment stimulus. So we don't know what to predict for our total. We have been averaging about 100 clients per week in recent weeks, so we'll see how that holds up.

This week also begins our Thanksgiving program, in which in-area clients receive the makings of a holiday dinner with all the trimmings for their family. That includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes and various vegetables and side dishes.

If you would like to help us purchase the food we need to help our neighbors, through GCFD and a variety of other distributors who provide food items unavailable otherwise, please make a secure PayPal donation at www.irvingparkfoodpantry.org or mail a check to Irving Park Food Pantry, 4256 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago IL 60618. Thank you for your support!

Several people have asked, so we want to be sure everyone knows: The Pantry will be happy to accept any leftover Hallowe...
11/01/2020

Several people have asked, so we want to be sure everyone knows: The Pantry will be happy to accept any leftover Halloween candy that wasn't given out this year! We have a bit left from our Halloween program last month so we will continue to give some to all families in our service area of 60618 and 60641 ZIP Codes in November as part of our annual Thanksgiving distribution while supplies last.
Donations can be brought to the Pantry (4256 N. Ridgeway Ave.) on Monday (10 to noon) or Tuesday (1 to 3) or put into the gray dropbox by the front door (if it fits).
They also can be dropped off at Big Helpers (4184 N. Elston Ave.) from 10 to 5 on Monday through Friday or put into the box on the enclosed front porch at 3833 N. Tripp Ave. any time.
Thank you for helping all our clients have a little sweeter November!

Thank you to neighbor Laura Damiani and her daughter Olivia, who brought into the Pantry this week the results of a food...
10/31/2020

Thank you to neighbor Laura Damiani and her daughter Olivia, who brought into the Pantry this week the results of a food drive Olivia held for the Pantry, collecting nonperishables from members of their church. They collected more than 300 pounds of food! Volunteer Manager Betsy Minor was on hand to help bring in the boxes and bags.
We appreciate their effort on our behalf, especially under this year's challenging circumstances! The food is greatly appreciated and will be sent out to our clients right away.

The Pantry received a donation of homemade masks from teacher Frank Kadri's middle-school class at Prussing Elementary o...
10/30/2020

The Pantry received a donation of homemade masks from teacher Frank Kadri's middle-school class at Prussing Elementary on Wednesday morning. Each student learned the techniques necessary to make masks and then used materials they had available to make a handful of masks to donate to the Pantry.
The class got a virtual tour of the Pantry via their Zoom meeting when Frank brought in the masks and showed the kids around. We gave them a quick tour of how we operate and they got to see us review the masks each student donated.
We appreciate Frank's visit (arranged ahead of time) and all the class's hard work on our behalf. We enjoyed seeing all the materials they used and ways they made them!

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4256 N. Ridgeway Ave
Chicago, IL
60618

Within a couple of blocks of the Pulaski, Irving Park and Addison bus routes. Two blocks from Blue Line (Irving Park & Pulaski exit). Two blocks to Metra train

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(773) 283-6296

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The Irving Park Community Food Pantry provides food and other assistance to those who live in the 60641 or 60618 (west of Kedzie) ZIP codes. We are open every Wednesday morning from 9 am until noon and on the second Tuesday evening of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:30. In addition to a 3-5 day supply of food our visitors can also receive pet food through our onsite Pet Food Corner, a partnership with the Community Animal Rescue Effort (CARE). Onsite assistance in applying for SNAP benefits is available as are other client resources and referrals. Special distributions include: Easter baskets, school supplies, winter coats and accessories and Holiday food and toy distributions.

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btw. Does the pantry, or Greater Chicago Food Depository get any funds from this race?
The Pantry is offering Voter Registration tonight from 6 to 7:30 and tomorrow morning 9 to noon during our regular operating hours. You only need to be an Illinois citizen living in your precinct for 30 days. Anyone and everyone can come in to register. Be a hero!
Just curious: Are Illinois food pantries and the Greater Chicago Food Depository benefitting from the trade war? I saw this and got to wondering if it's only happening in Wisconsin.
Sent in volunteer application. Never heard back. Not impressed.
Would anyone who uses the pantry have use for these items? Turns out that we're allergic. I can drop them off.
It's hard to imagine harsh Chicago winter weather now that we are just feeling cooler fall temperatures, but the Irving Park Community Food Pantry does our best to provide clients with warm winter coats before the cold weather hits. Next week marks the start of the Annual Coat Drive distribution, which will continue through October 23rd. It is important to kick off the Coat Drive with a strong inventory, but so far there are only a handful of coats. Let’s show what this community can do! Does anyone have any gently used, warm winter coats that you could please donate? Men's, women's, and children's sizes are all greatly appreciated; along with hats, gloves, and scarves. DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: - The Pantry during operating hours on Wednesdays from 9am-12pm and Tuesday, October 9th from 6pm-7:30pm, 3801 N. Keeler (church basement) - Disney II Magnet High School, 3900 N. Lawndale - Disney II Magnet Elementary School, 3815 N. Kedvale - Old Irving Brewing Co., 4419 W. Montrose - Linnemeyer front porch, 3822 N. Tripp Thank you, good neighbors helping neighbors! Contact Information: Irving Park Community Food Pantry c/o Irving Park United Methodist Church 3801 N. Keeler Ave. Chicago IL 60641 Phone: 773-283-6296
It's that time of year to donate school supplies and/or volunteer to organize & distribute! Please contact Craig Shutt at [email protected] if you are able to help. Thank you 😊
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is looking for a volunteer who will help coordinate our participation in the GIPNA Farmers Market at Independence Park. This volunteer will coordinate the scheduling and logistics related to our participation in the Market this summer. The markets are held every other week on Sunday morning (9:00 am - 1:00 pm). Drivers are especially encouraged to apply. If you have been wanting to help the Pantry but are not able to participate on Wednesday mornings due to work or school schedules, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved. Please email [email protected] if you are interested or would like further information.
This week was quite busy at the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. We provided food and other assistance to 782 people in 230 households. This includes both our Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning distributions. Thus far, our December totals are 1,268 people in 374 households. The Pet Food Corner, a partnership with the Community Animal Rescue Effort (CARE), provided pet food and supplies to 133 households for 126 dogs, 127 cats, 3 guinea pigs, 1 rabbit and 20 birds. Thank you to all who make it possible to help our neighbors in need! Special thank you to the many folks who stopped by to drop off donations of toys, food, children’s gloves and hats and monetary donations. Thank you to Randy Patke for bringing in a large donation of pet food from Pet Supplies Plus! Thanks to twelve visiting volunteers from VSA Partners for their help during a very busy distribution day! Together, we are neighbors helping neighbors during the Holiday season and throughout the year!.
Do you still have a need for new, unwrapped toys for Christmas distribution?
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