Food for Today, Hope for Tomorrow!
akeview Pantry is one of Chicago’s largest food pantries. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community by: providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people; increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs; and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.
Opened in 1970, Lakeview Pantry is one of the longest-lived food pantries in Chicago. It originated from the efforts of a few dedicated neighbors who wanted to help people in their community who were struggling to secure the food they needed.
We provide on-site food distribution, deliver food to home-bound clients, distribute free clothing, and have a social services program that helps clients connect with other services they need to address the causes of food insecurity.
Our vision is to be a stable presence in the communities we serve, and to be a model of compassionate, effective, and collaborative service delivery.
Our ultimate goal is the eradication of hunger and poverty in our communities.
Our Strategic Plan
Lakeview Pantry will build upon our Food Distribution excellence.
Lakeview Pantry will achieve Client Services excellence.
Lakeview Pantry will Educate ourselves, community leaders, and the community regarding poverty and hunger, and we will Advocate for our clients.
Lakeview Pantry will be a leader in Mentoring other food pantries and anti-poverty organizations.
Lakeview Pantry will build capacity and strengthen our ability to carry out our mission.
- Lakeview Pantry is incorporated as “The People’s Pantry of Lakeview” on April 10, 1970
- While over 26,756 visits are made, clients receive only a 2.5 day supply of food. Today all clients receive approximately a 14 day supply.
- The Pantry moves from a storefront on Halsted Avenue to 3212 North Broadway, the Jane Addams Center, where it will remain for 32 more years.