While uncertainty looms, you should know for certain that we are ready to serve you, no explanation necessary.  

We are closed Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We are only open on

Saturdays beginning at 9am.  You will stay in your car.  We are using a drive thru model. 

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4.23.20 Update

We are being overwhelmed by

a community in need due to the 

unexpected COVID-19 crisis 

that is impacting this community.

We are SO THANKFUL for all

of the ways you support us, but

your financial gifts keep us 

feeding our hungry neighbors.

We buy all of our food from

Northern IL Food Bank. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Giving is easy when it aligns with your values.  Who doesn't value food, or time spent with family and friends for a meal?

 

Last year we distributed over 1,000,000 lbs.

 

Your monetary gift is critical.  100% of our budget is funded by donations.

While we are housed within St. John Lutheran Church, the church does not purchase food or pay for any food pantry expenses.  We are community supported.

Please, give as you are able to.

Your tax deductible donation goes a long way

to feed our hungry neighbors

NOW, we feed 1,325+ families / 4,970+ individuals a month

 

Pre-COVID, we fed 800+ families/3,000+ individuals monthly

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The 1.2 mile line going north on Essington and then east on Hennepin to St. John.   It started just north of Caton Farm.

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Supporting St. John Food Pantry is Easy!

 

Food Donations Update 3.16.20

 

  • We welcome pallets of food from trucking companies and/or grocery stores, etc. Please call 815.439.2320

  • For the safety of our volunteers who have to sort and date check all donations, WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING FOOD DRIVE DONATIONS OR PRIVATE DONATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.    

We expect many new clients in the upcoming weeks. PLEASE GIVE to help feed all of the displaced workers and families. Your money goes a long way as we can purchase $8.00 of groceries at Northern IL Food Bank for only $1.00. Thank you.

 

 Saturdays Only - beginning at 9am

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 four 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.

Saturday Only Schedules Available

View the schedule for the upcoming weekend.  Remember that face masks and gloves are required & provided.

SCHEDULES

Suspended due to COVID-19

We are serving using a drive thru model until social distancing restrictions lift.  We have food every Saturday for 300.

MOBILES

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NEWSLETTERS

2020 Mobile Food Pantry Sponsors

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VOLUNTEER

Face Masks & Gloves required, provided

Healthy adults 18-59 are needed to help serve our hungry community during the COVID-19 Crisis.  Saturdays beginning at 8am.  Click for details & sign up.

GIVING

Donations, Memorial Gifts, Corporate Matching Gifts

Our community needs food during this crisis more than ever.  Give online, with a check, or to our Food Bank account.  We're grateful for all the ways you help.

FACEBOOK

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. 

Food Pantry News

 

Announcement:

Drive Thru Pantry Replacing

MFP's Until Further Notice

April 30, 2020

Due to the CDC's social distancing guidelines, our typical St. John Mobile Food Pantry events are being replaced with weekly drive thru events. 

Since the crisis began, we have been serving 330 people per week every Saturday beginning at 9am until we reach that number.  The need has been tremendous and we are grateful for all who can give.  Prior to the crisis, we served about 211 households per week, and now it's 330!  We are serving more people now than ever before.

Healthy volunteers needed Saturdays at 8am.

COVID-19

Response at St. John Food Pantry

March 24th, 2020

We are open!  Despite the drastic change in our day-to-day lives, St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry remains open.

In order to get the most done and keep everyone as safe as possible, we have temporarily suspended our Tuesday and Thursday distribution & will be open each  Saturday from 9am-1pm with food to serve 300 families.

Our parking lot does not open until 8:45am on Saturdays.  When it opens we will direct you to a parking spot so that the flow to receive food is continuous. 

Let our volunteers know how much you appreciate them when you're there;)

Announcement:

Sign up to Volunteer at MFP

March 4, 2020

Public sign up opens today for the April 25th MFP event at St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry!  Click the button below or at the top of this page to begin.

Groups, families, faith communities, community group & organizations are all welcome to volunteer.

After signing up, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.  If you do not receive one, you forgot to hit the small blue save button on the last screen and need to redo it.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Announcement:

2020 MFP

Dates

February 4, 2020

The 2020 Mobile Food Pantry Events are:

Saturday, April 25

Saturday, June 6

Saturday, September 12

Saturday, November 7

Registration opens at 8:00am.  No proxies or line holding is allowed.

We will have food for 250-300 people.  Download the flyer below for dates.

 

Visit our MFP page for sponsorship information and to sign up to volunteer!

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