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May 17, 2018

STRONG VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The pantry is looking for a couple of strong individuals to help on Tuesday from 10:00 - 3:00 handling donations and cartons of food. Must be cheerful, cooperative and able to follow directions. Great opportunity for Summer Break volunteer hours. Contact

January 14, 2018

Pantry volunteers have been busy re-stocking our shelves with donations from the many individuals, churches, schools, organizations and companies who were so generous in the holiday season. We are always humbled by the outpouring of support for our community Pantry. Thank you to all from the bottom of our hearts!

Annual Events

Stamp Out Hunger - Letter Carriers' Food Drive -- MAY 12, 2018

In May each year, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) out of our Des Plaines Post Office volunteer their time (and muscles) to collect food from residences on one day. This year, more than 28,000 pounds of food was collected for the Pantry! Thank you to all who donated food and to all who volunteered to help.

6th Annual Putt for the Pantry - August 11, 2018 -- Noon - 4:00PM

This mini-golf and picnic event fundraiser is held at Mountain View Miniature Golf (Algonquin Rd. just west of Wolf Rd. This fun event brings together the community and local sponsors to benefit the Pantry each August. Spread the word at your workplace or to members of your organization.

Watch for details coming your way in late July - early August.

Bears Tailgate Fundraiser

Football season is in full swing in November when volunteers host this fundraiser at Club Casa in Des Plaines. Snacks, beer, wine and a halftime buffet make this a fun event that everyone looks forward to. Watch for details coming your way in October.

Directly from the Director - Winter 2017

We have incredible donors - it's that simple. That's exactly what I said at this time last year, and it's still true. Like Phil, a local resident whose family hosts a Christmas party each December, whose guests not only fill up one of our Red Barrels with food donations but also donate cash and checks. Norma, another Des Plaines resident, requested donations to our Pantry in lieu of gifts for her 80th birthday celebration in December. Our friends at Philips Lighting in Rosemont, brought so many donations to their holiday party this year that our volunteer driver had to call for backup when he saw the big "haul." The list goes on....

Again, as I said last year, the holiday season is particularly busy/crazy/hectic in our little corner of the world, where our tight quarters become tighter as we navigate stacks of donated food, coats, winter clothing and other holiday extras awaiting our clients. On Tuesdays and Saturdays during the holiday season, an unexpected large food or clothing drop-off really is a good thing, isn't it?!

The point is, the Des Plaines community is exceptional in its capacity to give at the holidays and all year long. Our Pantry is fortunate to be on the receiving end. Thank you to all involved with the Self-Help Closet & Pantry in 2017, and I hope to have the privilege of working with you in the new year.

- Debra Walusiak, Executive Director