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.

Learn about our Strategic Plan

Through a partnership with BCG Consulting, and extensive planning involving staff, board, volunteers, partners, and community members, we are extremely pleased to unveil Lakeview Pantry’s comprehensive strategic plan to guide our efforts over the next five years.

Our Impact

For almost 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.

The Pantry serves almost 9,000 unique individuals through over 40,000 site visits each year. 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 6 people in Chicago 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 2018 Annual Report can be found here and our 2018 Audit is available here. We look forward to releasing our Fiscal Year 2019 reports shortly. 

Lakeview Pantry Exists Because of the Support of Our Neighbors.

With 3 food distribution programs that deliver more than 1.6 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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