About Us

OUR GOALS

To provide nutritious food, essential groceries, and encouragement to our neighbors at risk of hunger.

OUR STORY

Since the beginning...
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We are passionate about helping those experiencing food insecurity … passionate about making sure those who have fallen on bad times receive proper nutrition … passionate about ensuring children have access to healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner so they can do their best at school … and simply put, passionate about making hunger history in our community.

 

Since 1979 when we were founded by a youth group at Grace Lutheran Church, the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry has been distributing groceries to our neighbors in need. In 2020, we distributed 761,164 pounds of food through 14,000 visits by nearly 5,500 individuals including more than 2,000 children.

 

We serve 12 communities in DuPage County:

  • Addison
  • Bloomingdale
  • Carol Stream
  • Glen Ellyn
  • Glendale Heights
  • Lisle
  • Lombard
  • Villa Park (new in 2021!)
  • Warrenville
  • West Chicago
  • Wheaton
  • Winfield

 

Our work is possible thanks to a small and dedicated staff, more than 300 volunteers and an active board.

We provide groceries and encouragement to neighbors who have lost jobs, are disabled and cannot work, are senior citizens living on a fixed income, or simply have difficulty making ends meet.  We are there for these neighbors.  We are there to be the smile in their day.

OUR REPUTATION

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  • 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit
  • 100% privately funded through private donations and grants.
  • Platinum rating on GuideStar.
  • 94% of budget dedicated to programs and services.

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