The Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry serves people in Elmhurst and the surrounding area.
Started in 1983 by some concerned people at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church who saw a need to help hungry people in their “own back yard,” it has grown from an infrequently used resource to one that now helps an average of 300 families a month.
For some of our clients, the assistance is temporary. Other clients are among the chronically poor and elderly who use the food pantry regularly.
How it works:
The food pantry operates completely with donations and volunteers.
Much of the food for the pantry is purchased from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Food drives hosted by local churches, businesses and community organizations also help to fill the shelves.
In response to the increasing need in our community, we have expanded our hours. Clients may visit the pantry on a first-come, first-served basis during our four weekly open hours:
♦ Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
♦ Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8 p.m.
♦ Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
♦ Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Each family uses a shopping cart to “shop” the food pantry shelves, selecting a number of items that matches the family makeup. The more individuals in the household, the more items the family may select.
Clients must bring a photo ID and current utility bill.
The choices include:
¨ Canned food items and dry goods
¨ Frozen meat
¨ Produce and bakery donated by a local grocery store
¨ Toiletry and cleaning supplies
Residents of Elmhurst and the surrounding communities of Addison, Bensenville, Lombard, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Hillside & Berkeley may use the food pantry.
How you can help:
- Refer a client — Encourage those in need, even temporarily, to seek assistance from the food pantry. We are here to help.
- Volunteer — We need volunteers to stock shelves, work with clients, unload delivery trucks, pick up donations and handle other administrative tasks. We especially need Spanish-speaking volunteers.
- Donate cash and gift cards — The pantry is a 501c3 charitable organization. All donated funds go toward food purchases. Our address is 1083 S York Road.
- Donate food and supplies — We accept any amount, from one jar of peanut butter to a jumbo pack of toilet paper (Here is a shopping list). Drop off your donations any time at the food pantry entrance located just north of the main church building. The drop off is on the south side of the building on the side of the ramp leading into the basement.
If you have a large donation or would like to arrange a food drive, please call Jacki at (708) 254-1741 to coordinate.