Itasca Food Pantry
Hunger is exploding.
No one wants to believe hunger is a problem where they live, but the reality is, hunger is in every area no matter how big or small. In 2009, nearly 1 in 10 Illinois residents received emergency food.
If you are a resident of Itasca and need help, please visit us at the Itasca Food Pantry. Bring a valid photo ID for services.
Greater Itasca Food Pantry is now a 501(c)(3)
In 2014, the Greater Itasca Food Pantry applied for and was granted its charitable status as a 501(c)(3). All donations to the Food Pantry are tax deductible. You may request an official acknowledgement of your donation at the time it is made. All we need is information about the donor: name, address, amount of donation or approximate value of in-kind donation.
How You Can Help
Volunteering at the pantry
The Greater Itasca Food Pantry was founded in 1993. It was run entirely by volunteers who were committed to serving people in need. We are proud to say this is still true today.
More than 20 years later volunteers continue to play a critical role in providing food to more than 80 families each month. We draw volunteers from local churches, schools, businesses, and the community at large. The volunteers' passion and commitment to serving those in need unites us in the fight against hunger.
Join the Greater Itasca Food Pantry volunteer team today! Please sign up to join us on Saturday from 9 am - 11 am at your convenience. If you are part of a group of four or more people interested in volunteering, or wish to schedule a large group during the week (Monday thru Friday), please call us at 630-607-9943 ahead of time.
2016-2018 Volunteering Hours
Donors who occasionally have 100 pounds or more of food can schedule a pick-up on an as-needed basis. If you have a donation that you would like picked up, please call us at 630-607-9943. We request a 24 to 48-hour notice.
The Greater Itasca Food Pantry has strict food safety guidelines for the food that we accept. We gratefully accept perishable and prepared foods maintained in safe temperature zones and chilled or frozen before being donated. Donated food must exclude foods previously served to the public.
Itascans can help feed their hungry neighbors by organizing food drives in their schools, businesses, and places of worship. Please join in and help us feed hungry men, women, and children.
The most needed foods are:
- canned soup
- canned chili
- canned stew
- canned chicken
- canned pasta (spaghetti o's, ravioli, etc)
- ramen noodle
- dry pasta
- spaghetti sauce
- canned tomatoes (diced, whole peeled, crushed, etc)
- diapers (sizes 4, 5, and 6)
- canned pet food
- pinto beans
Your gift will be put to use helping to provide food for people in need. The food pantry does not pay a salary to any employees and the village donates the space and utilities; therefore, we are very proud of the fact that almost all of the money goes directly to the recipients. (We pay for office supplies and other supplies as needed to keep things running.)
Making your gift online is the most immediate way to put your dollars to work.
Donate by Mail:
Mail your check to:
Greater Itasca Food Pantry
P.O. Box 202
Itasca, IL 60143