Need Help?

Need Help?

Thank you for visiting Lakeview Pantry!

We understand that coming to a food pantry for the first time can sometimes be a difficult or confusing experience, but at Lakeview Pantry, we do our best to make you feel welcome and comfortable.

Lakeview Pantry distributes food 6 days a week via 3 different programs:

Our Lakeview Pantry Sheridan Site, our Lakeview Pantry Oakdale Site and our Home Delivery program.

Please read the descriptions to see which program is best for you.

  • Are You Eligible for Services?

    We serve our neighbors who live on the Northside whose income is below certain guidelines.  We do NOT require proof of income but you will sign an official form that states you meet the guidelines.
    Our service area is bounded by the following streets:
    • Fullerton to the South
    • Lakeshore Drive on the East
    • Damen on the West
    • Wilson on the North

    If you do not live within our area, please contact the Greater Chicago Food Depository at 773.247.3663 or www.chicagosfoodbank.org and click on “Need Food” to find an organization near you.

  • Our Locations

    Lakeview Pantry Sheridan Location at 3945 N. Sheridan Rd.

    Regular hours for food distribution are:

    Monday        12 – 4 p.m.
    Wednesday     12 – 4 p.m.
    Friday       12 – 4 p.m.

    Lakeview Pantry Oakdale Location at 1414 W. Oakdale

    Regular hours for food distribution are:

    Tuesday          6:30 – 8 p.m.
    Thursday        6:30 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday         11:30 a.m.  – 1 p.m.

     

  • Home Delivery

    On three Saturday mornings every month, Lakeview Pantry delivers food to some of the people in our neighborhood who need it most: elderly, physically disabled and homebound people, who otherwise could not receive our services.

    If you would like to apply for Lakeview Pantry’s Home Delivery program please look at the following application materials:

    Home Delivery Interest Form

    Please feel free to contact Chris Schade at christopher@lakeviewpantry.org or at 773-525-1777 x. 224 if you have any questions about the Home Delivery program.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I qualify to get food?

    We have two main criteria:

    1. You live in our service area.

    • Fullerton on the south
    • Lakeshore Drive on the east
    • Damen on the west
    • Wilson on the north
    • Please note that we have two sites. You can receive food from only one of our sites.
    • If you do not live within our area, we can serve you one time only and give you a referral to a pantry closer to your home. You may also contact the Greater Chicago Food Depository at 773.247.3663 or chicagosfoodbank.org and click on “Need Food.”

    2. Your income is below certain guidelines. We do NOT require proof of income but you will sign an official form that states you meet the guidelines.

    Our Home Delivery and Social Service programs have additional criteria; for more information, please visit www.lakeviewpantry.org/programs-and-services.

    When should I come in?

    We will serve everyone who comes in during our hours of operation (our hours are listed below).

    3945 N. Sheridan’s food distribution hours are:

    Monday        12 – 4 p.m.
    Wednesday     12 – 4 p.m.
    Friday       12 – 4 p.m.

    1414 W. Oakdale’s food distribution hours are:

    Tuesday          6:30 – 8 p.m.
    Thursday        6:30 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday         11:30 a.m.  – 1 p.m.

    Should I come early and line up?

    Please do not wait outside.   It is really important that we get along with our neighbors and nearby stores.  They get upset when we have lines out front.  THANK YOU for your cooperation with this request.

    Out of respect for our neighbors and for your comfort, we do not allow you to wait outside or line up outside.

    Do you serve only the first several people who come first?

    When we open our doors, everyone draws numbers out of a hat (kind of like a lottery) to find out who is served first.  We are committed to giving you the same quantity and quality of food no matter what time you arrive, and we will never run out of food.

    What do I need to bring?

    If it’s your first time visiting Lakeview Pantry, the most important thing to consider is how you will get the food home.  Many of our clients bring their own shopping carts with wheels to transport their food.  You may bring your own bags and boxes, or we can give you bags and boxes if you need them.

    What documents do I need?

    If you can bring documents or mail with your name and current address to your first visit, it will help us for a couple of reasons.  First, it will speed up our process and make your waiting time shorter.  Also, it helps us to make sure we record your information correctly.  We don’t require these documents on your first visit – but it’s very helpful if you could bring them.  After your first visit, we will periodically again ask for proof of identity and address.

    If you are interested in Home Delivery service, please note that there is an application process.  For more information and to apply, please contact Chris Schade at (773)525-1777 x 224 or Christopher@lakeviewpantry.org.

    What kinds of food will I receive?

    Typically, a household of one person will get about 50 pounds of food, or a two week supply.  The food we distribute changes every day but usually you will get a selection of frozen meat, fresh produce, dairy, eggs, milk, bread, canned good and dry goods.

    People who are homeless or who don’t have a stove and refrigerator will receive a collection of ready-to-eat foods, including dry goods, canned food, and fresh produce.

    Do I have a choice about what foods I receive?

    You will have choices. We will offer you choices based on categories like “canned vegetables.”  We often have many different kinds of canned vegetables – you can choose the ones you want or none at all.  Choices are limited within a category of similar items.  For example, you can trade canned corn for canned peas, but you can’t trade canned corn for frozen meat.

    Do I have to take food that I don’t like or can’t eat?

    You do not have to take any items you don’t want.

    What if I am unable physically to come in?

    We have a form from the State of Illinois you need to sign that gives permission for someone else to pick up your food.  This form is called a “Proxy.”  Please visit to print out the Proxy form.

    Are you handicapped accessible?

    Our Lakeview Pantry Sheridan site at 3945 N. Sheridan Rd. is fully accessible.

    Out Lakeview Pantry Oakdale site  at 1414 W. Oakdale is located at the bottom of a set of stairs