Donate Foods, Goods or Services

Donate Foods, Goods or Services

Lakeview Pantry accepts in-kind donations of:

  • Food—unopened, unexpired items
  • Personal hygiene, bathroom supplies, and cleaning supplies—new and unopened
  • Clothing—Our Sheridan site does not distribute or accept donations of clothing. However, our Oakdale site accepts clothing donations in clean, good condition.

Please contact Sarah Roman, Manager of Community Engagement at 773.525.1777 x 212 to make your food or other in-kind donations. All donations are tax-deductible.

  • Wishlist

    Lakeview Pantry’s most needed items:

    • Canned Tuna, Chicken, and Beef
    • Cereal and Oatmeal
    • Ramen and Rice
    • Microwavable Mac & Cheese and Soup
    • Condiments- ketchup, mustard, and mayo
    • Toiletries- both full and sample sizes

    Wishlist of most-needed miscellaneous items.

    For our programs:

    • Printing services
    • offsite dry and cold storage
    • office supplies
    • carpentry
    • IT services
    • Handyman services
    • gasoline cards
    • car washes

    For our clients:

    • CTA cards
    • Dental services
    • Condoms
    • Vision services
  • Drop-off Information

    If you would like to make an in-kind donation, we have two locations where you can bring the donations:


    Lakeview Pantry Sheridan: 3945 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60613, (773) 525-1777

    Drop off hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Please note that there is a free parking spot in front of our entrance, just put your hazard lights on. Please do NOT park in the Walgreens lot as your vehicle will be towed/booted.

    Lakeview Pantry Oakdale: 1414 W. Oakdale, Chicago, Illinois 60657, (773) 525-1777

    Drop off hours: Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-8:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    If you want to drop off donations of clothing only outside of these hours, there is an outdoor orange collection bin immediately in front of the door.

    For more information about in-kind donations, please contact Sarah Roman, Manager of Community Engagement at sarah@lakeviewpantry. or (773) 525-1777 x 212.

  • Large Food Donations from Businesses

    Lakeview Pantry accepts large food donations from grocers, packers and producers. There are many benefits involved including:

    • Tax benefits

    • Publicity in our monthly E-News which is sent to more than 4,000 individuals

    • Reduction in garbage and waste

    • Your excess inventory goes toward a great cause!

    We are able to make arrangements to pick up large food donations. We are also able to provide reports on your giving as often as needed. If you have any questions regarding making a large food donation, please contact our Manager of Community Engagement, Sarah Roman, at 773-525-1777 ext. 212.

  • Items We Cannot Accept

    For safety reasons, we cannot accept certain items (ex: produce, refrigerated and frozen items) from individuals.  We also cannot accept food that is hot, catered, or cooked leftovers unless it is completely sealed with an ingredient list and expiration date visible. However, please note that if you represent a business or store, we can accommodate donations of perishable items – for more information please see Large Food Donations from Businesses above.

    Here is the list of  items that are not accepted:
    • Hot, catered, or cooked leftovers
    • Food that is expired
    • Food containers that are opened
    • Cribs, strollers, playpens, car seats and other infant equipment
    • Furniture
    • Luggage
    • Medication – both prescription and over the counter
    • Non-standard infant formula –  including prescription-only, premature infants, lactose free, and added rice formulas
    • Stuffed animals
    • Bedding- pillows, sheets, blankets, and/or sleeping bags
    • Household items such as books, kitchen supplies, appliances, decorations, etc.
    • Clothing – Our Sheridan site does not distribute or accept clothing donations. However, our Oakdale site accepts clothing donations in clean, good condition.