Hunger Knows No Season

Serving Des Plaines Since 1971

We are an independent, not-for-profit organization serving Des Plaines, Illinois residents with groceries and clothing during a time of need.

Location and Hours

600 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016

Client hours: Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Registration hours: Same as Client hours above, but we ask that you come at least an hour before the closing time.

Donation drop-off hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00 - Noon and Saturdays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Note about donations: Please do not leave donations outside the door as they attract squirrels, possums, raccoons, etc., and we must dispose of the items. Drop off donations only during the hours above, or drop non-perishables in our Red Barrels around town.

Help for Federal Employees

If you are a government employee living in Des Plaines and affected by the shutdown, we can help with food assistance. Please bring your employee ID and proof of Des Plaines residency to our facility during client hours - 10am to 12pm on Saturdays and 12:30pm to 3pm on Tuesdays. Questions? 847-375-1443.

STRONG VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The pantry is looking for a couple of strong individuals to help on Monday from 9:00 - noon and Tuesday from 9:00 - 3:00 handling donations. Must be cheerful, cooperative and able to follow directions. Stop in to apply.

Urgent Donation Needs

as of January 12, 2019

  • Pancake mix
  • Pancake syrup
  • Cooking oil (vegetable, canola, olive, etc.)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Laundry detergent
  • Instant pudding or gelatin dessert mixes
  • Protein meal shakes such as Ensure, Glucerna
  • Postage stamps


Watch this video to learn all about the Self Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines. It was produced by the City of Des Plaines to educate residents about this remarkable place in our community.