What’s Going on at IP Food Pantry?

Park View Kids

Principal Mary Perillo and six students at Park View Lutheran School braved the frigid temperatures to work at the Pantry in late January, working a variety of stations. Photo by Craig Shutt

Disney Crafts

Pantry Executive Director John Psiharis and Office Manager Sandra Schwarzbeck (in back holding the cash) visited Disney II Elementary Magnet School to learn about the students created a business and generated profits they donated to the Pantry during a visit to the school in late January. Photo by Craig Shutt

Cropp Donation

Nate Cropp, who donated $1,000 to the Pantry through contributions from his annual showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Patio Theater, talks with (l-r): Volunteer Manager Lee Stein, Executive Director John Psiharis, Office Manager Sandra Schwarzbeck and Client Resources Coordinator Julie Kult. Photo by Craig Shutt


Annual Report 2013

Thanks to you and the support of many others, the Irving Park Community Food Pantry provided food and other assistance to a monthly average of 1,688 people in 570 households in our community! As we enter our 30th year of service to the community, we are grateful to all of those committed to helping those who are in need.Together, we are neighbors helping neighbors.
Please read our Annual Report here.

What Does the Food Pantry Need?

Due to government budget cutbacks, our commodities–or subsidized food supplies–are decreasing every month. As a member agency of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, we are able to purchase food at a much lower rate than at retail stores. This means that any monetary donation will go far! You can make a donation right here on our website!

That said—the majority of the food we’re receiving from the government and depository is canned. This means that if you’re looking for food to donate to our food pantry, please keep this easy rule in mind: Think light (as in weight), think prepared (as in prepared foods).

Plain white or brown rice, plain pasta, dried beans, cookies, chips, crackers, snack bars, Jell-O, dried soup (like lipton or ramen), flavored pasta and/or rice mix (like Knolls, Lipton or Rice-a-Roni), energy or fruit snacks, canned meat (tuna, chicken, other fish), and cereal (oatmeal or regular cereal). We also accept baby food. Please note the expiration dates. In addition, we always are in need of diapers, men’s white crew socks as well as shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, toothbrushes, and razors. Travel sizes are welcome. If you’d like to sponsor a food drive at your school or organization, let us know so we can send you flyer information, and make arrangements for a pick-up or drop-off.

Due to extreme space limitations, we cannot accept donations of books, clothing or other items. THANK YOU!