Hunger Action Month (HAM) at St. John Lutheran Church

St. John Lutheran Church is home to our food pantry and St. John members have been all in for HAM, in fact, we even have a mascot, Hammy!  It's been busy around here with members serving with the community at our mobile on September 7th, Sunday School students making 700 meal bags on September 15th, people guessing how much a cart of Northern Illinois Food Bank groceries cost, hosting coffee hour, and all month long everyone has been voting their choice of who will smooch the swine on Sunday, October 6th at 9:45 a.m. 


It works like this...for each dollar milestone reached, someone will kiss a live pig.  At $1,000 reached, Pastor Evan Mayhew will plant one on pork chop; at $2,000 Pastor Jen Beamsley will smooch the swine; at $3,000 & $4,000 people with the

most votes will lock lips with the hog (ok, maybe that's taking it too far but you get the picture!)  Stop by

on October 6th and watch the fun.  Kiss the Pig will be held in the Sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. If you can't

make it, we'll post photos here and on our Facebook page!

Tuesdays 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Thursdays 9:00am - 11:00am

 Saturdays 9:00am - 11:00am

While uncertainty looms, you should know for certain that we are 

ready to serve you, no explanation necessary.  

Everyone is welcome

  • You do not need to bring an ID, paperwork, or a referral

  • You do not need to make an appointment

  • You do not need to live in a certain zip code, school district, or county

  • The only thing you need is to show up and let us share our abundance 

Get Food Here

St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry Hours

We are a first responder to the hunger crisis in our community.  We are here to serve our hungry neighbors three times a week at our regular food pantry and five times a year at our special Mobile Food Pantry events.

You may receive food every 21 days at our weekly pantry.  You may also receive food at our Mobile Food Pantry events. Mobile Food Pantry events do not count towards the 21 day rule.

We are only closed on major holidays.  Always check here and our FaceBook page for the most current information.

Volunteer Schedules

All scheduled volunteers may view their schedules for for distribution, pick ups, deliveries, etc.


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There is something for everyone at a St. John mobile.  Receive food, volunteer, or sponsor an event!


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Individuals, Groups, Families

Youth and adults are welcome to serve our hungry neighbors.  Get your community service hours here. We really need Saturday volunteers!


Donations, Memorial Gifts, Corporate Matching Gifts

We rely on the community to help serve our hungry neighbors. Your gifts purchase 5,200 gallons of milk and 875,000 lbs. of food a year!


St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry @StJohnFoodPantry

View photos, leave comments, read news, get updates, and join in the conversation of hunger and hope in our community. 



Holiday Food Events

September 10, 2019

We will host our 4th and final MFP event for the holidays on Saturday, November 2nd.  


In lieu of a December MFP event, we will be hosting 2 large raffle events for FREE Holiday Dinners, courtesy of Jewel-Osco at Route 59 and Caton Farm Road.

Get a raffle ticket each time you visit our pantry for food between November  5-23 and enter to win one of hopefully 100 Holiday Dinners.

Raffle tickets will also be distributed during food pantry shopping days November 26 - December 21.  

All raffle winners will be called and the winning numbers posted on our website!

Summary & Thank you!:

September 10, 2019

250 families each took home 100 lbs. of groceries from our 3rd MFP of 2019!  Thank you to ALL OF OUR AMAZING volunteers who gave time and of themselves to serve our hungry neighbors.  


Every participant received 10 lbs. of meat, and a lot of other great groceries!

Thank you St. Edward & Christ Episcopal Churchand Faith Lutheran for sponsoring. A HUGE shout out to our friends at Home Depot for their muscles, time, and giving spirit shuffling around 30,000+ lbs of food!

Photos on our FB page, St.John Lutheran 

Church Food Pantry.


Hunger Action Month

August 15, 2019

September is Hunger Action Month, or HAM for short.

St. John Lutheran Church is hosting a "Kiss the Pig" fundraiser and contest during the month of September in honor of Hunger Action Month.

Join us at 9:45am on Sunday, October 6th to see our lucky winners 

smooch a swine!


Photos will be posted on our FB page, St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry.


Giving Tuesday Participant!

August 14, 2019

We are participating in Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, December 3rd for the first time!

We are very excited about the work we do feeding our community and invite you to help keep food on our shelves. 

Please consider giving to us on Giving Tuesday.

All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Every gift makes a difference in the lives of so many.

We appreciate you!


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