Common Food Pantry

Help Fight Hunger in Our Community
Looking around our beautiful neighborhood, it’s hard to believe that some of our neighbors struggle to provide for their most basic needs. The fact is that every month an average of 300 households representing 1,100 people depend on The Common Pantry for food and personal care items.

The Common Pantry offers qualifying clients monthly allotments of groceries, produce, canned goods, frozen foods and health and beauty supplies at no cost. A significant portion of the food distributed by The Common Pantry comes from individual and corporate donations. The rest is purchased from the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation, and local grocery stores.

Our community here at St. Benedict supports The Common Pantry with a food drive every third Sunday of the month. Non-perishable items as well as toiletries can be left in the St. Benedict Shrine on the third Sunday of the month. Or you may bring donations directly to the Common Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon or during service hours on Wednesdays between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. The Common Pantry is located at 3744 N Damen Avenue.  Your continued support of the Common Pantry is gratefully appreciated.

Here is a list of items that the Common Pantry’s clients currently need:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Coffee
  • Hamburger/Tuna Helper
  • Oats/Oatmeal
  • Boxed Dinners
  • Side Dishes (rice/pasta/mashed potatoes)
  • Pancake Mix
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Tomato Sauce
  •  Canned Tuna and other meats
  • Canned goods (vegetables/fruits/soups/beans)
  • Salad Dressings
  • Vegetable/Chicken Broths
  • Peanut Butter
  •  Jelly
  • Paper Towels
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Plastic Grocery Bags