MFP Client Information

Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) Events are popular events at St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry.  However, we discourage you to begin lining up at midnight or 1:00 a.m, you receive the same food if you are in group 1 or group 25!  There is enough food for 250 families.
In the event of dangerous weather, we move the event inside.  We do not cancel these events on account of weather.

Event Details

Event Info

  • Please park in our parking lot.

  • There are limited handicapped spots available.

  • Rather than park at Aldi and risk being towed, park in the lot across the street.  Beginning at 7:00 a.m., a Joliet Police Officer will be on site to safely cross you.

  • If you have any comments, complaints, problems, or suggestions please ask to see the Dawn MacGregor or on site St. John Pastor immediately. S/he will arrive and resolve any problems immediately.

  • Rude, disrespectful, and/or offensive behavior and/or language is not tolerated for any reason.

Group Number Cards

  • Before registration doors open, Food Pantry representatives pass out group number cards to all clients adhering to the posted "Code of Conduct" rules as they line up.

  • After you receive your card, you can go back to your car, or stay in line.  

  • You don't need to register in any certain order.

  • Your group number card gets you in the doors to register AND a grocery cart when your group is called.  Do not lose it.

  • You will line up for for food by your group number, so it doesn't matter when you register, just that you do it by 9:00am.


  • 8:00 a.m. - registration doors open

  • 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. lite breakfast is served

  • 8:00 a.m. - special services are available.  Depending on the event you may be able to sign up for a SNAP/LINK card private session, get an influenza shot, receive a hair cut, visit Santa's Workshop, choose a coat, choose free clothing, get free books, etc.

  • 10:00 a.m. food distribution begins​​

  • Listen for your group number; later groups will be asked to move their vehicle into our lot if parked across the street.  We do not allow any grocery carts or wagons to cross into the Aldi parking lot or across Hennipin.

  • 10:45 a.m. - registration closes

Food & Location

  • We order up to 30,000 lbs. of food; it fills an entire semi truck. 

  • Volunteers organize and set it up in a row in the parking lot.

  • In the event of dangerous weather, the event moves inside.  We do not cancel.

  • We order 10 lbs. of meat for every client.  However, if the food bank does not have it, then we cannot order it.  Sorry.

  • Volunteers secure grocery carts from Aldi and Fresh Thyme for us to use for a few hours.

  • There is little to no client choice at this event.  If you receive something that isn't your favorite, pass it along to someone else.  We do not have storage to keep it.  We must distribute all of the food before the event ends.

  • When available, volunteers will bag/box your groceries and bring them to your vehicle.

  • Shopping carts cannot leave our lot.

  • Youth under 17 are not allowed into the parking lot without an adult.

"Code of Conduct" - posted at the event

  • There are no opportunities to proxy for others.  We are unable to accept proxies due to high client volume.

  • You may not save your spot in line with a box, chair, or other item.  If you do, you will go to the end of the line.

  • You may not save spots for other people.  

  • You may not ask someone to save you a spot.

  • You may wait in your car.  That's fine.  However, you may not cut into the line wherever you'd like, threaten others, or go to the front.  Kindly go to the back of the line when you're ready.


  • Please park in our parking lot.

  • No pre-registration is available.

  • Please bring bags.