About Us

More Than Just a Food Pantry

One of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries, Lakeview Pantry’s mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people; empowering our clients to gain independence through innovative social service programs; and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.

Our vision is to be a reliable and innovative hunger-relief resource in the communities we serve, and to be a model of dignified, effective, and collaborative service delivery. We will realize this vision by remaining proactive and adaptable to changing circumstances, while constantly striving to improve.

Our ultimate goal is a hunger-free Chicago.

Read our 2020-2021 annual report

During the past two years, we responded to an unprecedented need for food assistance and social services. You can find details on our historic pandemic response and much more in our 2020-2021 annual report.

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Our Impact

For more than 50 years, Lakeview Pantry has served as an invaluable resource on the North Side of Chicago, ensuring our low-income neighbors have enough to eat and have access to critical, and sometimes lifesaving, social services. Together, we have directly improved the lives of thousands of our community members.

Last year, the Pantry served nearly 200,000 people throughout the city with 4 million meals. Our approach focuses on meeting the immediate hunger needs of our clients, then moving onto longer-term solutions that empower clients to become independent.

In Our Area

Did you know that 1 in 8 people in Cook County are struggling with poverty and food insecurity?

30% of Lakeview Pantry clients are underemployed, 46% are disabled and/or retired.

45% of Lakeview Pantry clients have at least one child under the age of 18.

3% of Lakeview Pantry clients are homeless.

How We Work

We offer our clients nutritious food using a choice-based distribution model and access to life-changing social services including:

  • Monthly food distribution and weekly produce pickup through five different food access programs.
  • Saturday home delivery services for elderly, disabled, and homebound clients
  • Social Services including case management, mental health counseling, job search support, domestic violence intervention, referrals and public benefits assistance (SNAP, healthcare, government forms) for anyone in need.

With a dedicated team of Staff, Board and Young Leaders, the Lakeview Pantry community is committed to our mission of ending hunger and poverty.

View Our Financial Documents

Lakeview Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You can view the 990 forms we’ve filed with the IRS below.

Our 2020-2021 Annual Report can be found here and our 2021 Audit is available here.

Lakeview Pantry Exists Because of the Support of Our Neighbors.

With multiple food distribution programs that deliver more than 2.8 million pounds of food to our neighbors each year and social services that help clients achieve independence, Lakeview Pantry aims to end hunger for good. Get help today!

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