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.


We are accepting only SUMMER clothes only at this time. We have NO ROOM for coats until October.

WE ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES - 2-pocket folders, filler paper, red pens, highlighters, markers, white glue, etc. We are distributing school supplies in July and August. Families will receive school supplies only one time. We are in serious need of BACKPACKS .

Urgent Donation Needs as of July 16, 2019

  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: See above.
  • Baby diapers - SIZE 5 only at this time, please. (We have LOTS of baby wipes.)
  • Toothpaste - full size
  • Bar soap and body wash - full size
  • Shampoo and conditioner - full size
  • Deodorant
  • Hand and Body lotion - full size
  • Flour and sugar
  • Side dishes - instant mashed potatoes, rice mixes, couscous
  • Cooking oil (vegetable, canola, olive, etc.)
  • Ground coffee
  • Granulated sugar
  • Pancake syrup
  • Pasta sauce
  • Mayo, ketchup, mustard,
  • Instant pudding or gelatin dessert mixes
  • Protein meal shakes such as Ensure, Glucerna, Boost
  • Hand and body lotion - full size
  • Shampoo and conditioner - full size
  • 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.