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Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesdays, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Stock the Food Pantry

There are four easy ways to help the Food Pantry grow and stay in stock.

Pantry Food and Supplies

Direct donations to the Food Pantry allow us to keep the pantry in stock with necessary food and supplies.

Click on the donation button below to help us buy food and supplies for the Pantry.

Allergy and
Specialty Diet Foods

In our new space we'll have a dedicated section for specaility food items for those with allergies and other dietry needs.

Click on the donation button below to sponsor the purchasing of such items.

MOST NEEDED ITEMS

Donations of food are accepted weekdays 9:00 to 3:30 at 800 Central Avenue Highland Park.

Currently, our most needed items are:

  • Cereal
  • Syrup
  • Pancake Mix
  • Baking Supplies
  • Cooking or Olive Oil
  • Salad Dressing
  • Crackers
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Tuna or Canned Meat
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Ketchup/Mustard/Mayonnaise
  • Household Supplies: Toilet paper/Paper towels/Cleaning supplies
  • Personal Care Products: Soap/Shampoo/Body Wash/Shaving Cream/Razors/Toothpaste

The Food Pantry

Moraine Township Food Pantry Has Moved! >>

  • Beginning July 3, Moraine Township Food Panty will be located across the street at 800 Central Avenue, Highland Park
  • New Pantry Hours
    • Tuesdays from 9:00 am until noon
    • Wednesdays from 1:00 pm until 3:30
    • Thursdays from 9:00 am until noon
    • Other times by appointment only

LA DESPENSA DE COMIDA DE MORAINE TOWNSHIP SE ESTÀ MUDANDO! >>

  • A partir del 3 de julio, Visite nuestra despensa de comida al cruzar la calle en el 800 Central Avenue, Highland Park
  • NUEVO HORARIO DE DESPENSA
    • los martes de 9:00 a.m. hasta el mediodía
    • los miércoles a partir de la 1:00 p.m. hasta las 3:30 p.m.
    • los jueves de 9:00 a.m. hasta el mediodía
    • Otras veces solo con cita

The Pantry is available as needed at other times requested by residents who are unable to come during pantry hours. Flexible times are availble for emergencies and in the evenings by arragement. Please contact the Supervisor's Office to make arrangements at 847-432-3240.

When residents visit our Pantry, in addition to bags of dried food and canned goods, we also provide frozen meat, fresh produce, and when possible, eggs and cheese.

The public is welcome to donate non-expired food, and to volunteer their services. Those in need simply come to the Township Office at 800 Central, Highland Park, on those days and times. For ideas on what to donate, see our Shopping List.

Download a Food Pantry Flyer (pdf).

After major food drives conducted by the Postal Service workers in May, school or other groups, and holiday drives, volunteers are especially needed to lend a hand in shelving goods. In fact, throughout the year, volunteers–individuals or groups–are very welcome to help us keep our supplies neatly arranged. Contact the Township Office to arrange a convenient time.

View photos of our wonderful volunteers and dontaions for 2016.

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Photos and News

Letter Carriers Help Stamp Out Hunger

(05/20/18) Highland Park Letter Carriers delivered nearly 1,000 bags of food to the Moraine Township Food Pantry on May 12. Click to read more.

The Pantry

Elm PLace Middle Schoolers Levi Andrew and Andrew Kourkine produced this documentary on our food pantry in 2017.

Wednesday morning volunteers treat themselves to lunch after working at the Food Pantry

Cooper Wallman and Stephen Knobel delivery gifts from Edgewood School for the Phyllis Santullano Holiday Gift Drive

Alison Goldberg and Kelley Donovan deliver food collected by the generous staff at Guaranteed Rate Deerfield.

A BIG thank you to Highland Park Ford/Lincoln for the donation of 100 turkeys to help make our Food Pantry client's holidays bountiful!

Dancing Out Hunger
Dancing Out Hunger yielded 40 bags of food for the Pantry on November 18, 2017.
Thanks Meliss, Kate, and Ruben. To dance off the holidays, contact Melissa at info@melissazumba.com.

FEED THE METERS, FEED YOUR NEIGHBORS

The change collected at the two new "parking" meters installed in downtown Highland Park will lead to positive change in the community's fight against food insecurity. Spearheaded by Namrita Narula, a sophomore at Highland Park High School, all funds collected from the donation station meters will be used to purchase fresh produce for the Moraine Township Food Pantry.


"Food insecurity is a reality in our community," noted Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, "and we were thrilled when Namrita came to the City Council with the request to have the collection sculptures in downtown to provide additional funding for the Food Pantry."

"We are inspired by the compassion and dedication of this young woman to help our neighbors going through difficult times," commented Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi.Click to read more.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
In the Spring to Fall growing season, the Township has a "Pantry Plants Garden Project." Families are encouraged to join together in this project to provide fresh food to supplement the Food Pantry. Volunteers work the soil, plant donated plants, weed and till, and harvest.

Pantry Plants Garden 2016

Since its inception in summer 2006, the Park District of Highland Park has generously loaned the garden space in Woodridge Park in west Highland Park, and Anton's Fruit Ranch has supplied young vegetables of our choosing for planting. We are very grateful, and so are our client beneficiaries, who are also invited to help with the chores.

Get "down and dirty" with the Township this year! Make it a family or organization's community project: help work the garden at Woodridge Park. Contact the Township Office by email or phone 847-432-3240 to schedule a time.

Volunteers Needed! Ample rewards included! Fresh Air, Sunshine, Good Company, Good Deeds! Join us every Wednesday and Saturday morning all summer long at Woodridge Park 150 Barberry Road, Highland Park. Get Directions. On Wednesdays 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and Saturdays 9:00 am to Noon.

And, if your personal garden provides more than you can consume, why not donate fresh-picked produce to our Food Pantry? We're open weekdays M-F 8:30am to 4:30pm.

planting hands
Join the fun - Bring your family - Help make the Garden grow
Click on the picture to see more photos.

Moraine Township Food Pantry Shelves Re-Stocked Thanks to Mariano's Northbrook Shoppers

Mariano's Northbrook store and its generous customers demonstrated the spirit of giving by purchasing bags of food to help stock the Moraine Township Food Pantry in Highland Park, as part of their Chicagoland Stuff The Squad program, in partnership with local police stations.


(Mariano's Manager Nick Durso, Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi, volunteer Roxy Stefinko, and Northbrook Police Officer Brad Gutwillig)

"During July, customers were asked to purchase $5 or $10 bags of food for Moraine's Food Pantry. Customers responded, purchasing 159 bags of food for the Pantry!" reported Nick Durso, Mariano's Northbrook Store Manager. Click to read more.

BEST POSTAL FOOD DRIVE EVER!!!!! Letter Carriers Help Stamp Out Hunger
Highland Park Letter Carriers delivered almost 2,000 bags of food to Moraine Township's Food Pantry Saturday, May 13, 2017, and several Letter Carriers joined almost 40 other volunteers over the course of the afternoon and early evening to help unload food, carry it to the basement, and sort it into bins.

"This was a tremendous effort on the part of our Highland Park Letter Carriers, organized by Joe Cholewa. Letter Carriers stayed after unloading their trucks to help carry and sort food, and their effort was far above and beyond the call of duty and deeply appreciated," commented Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi.

A special thanks to all the residents who left food contributions by their mailbox for letter carriers to bring to Moraine Township's Food Pantry.

"We have never had a food drive like this," noted Township Trustee Amy Zisook. "Every square inch of our office and pantry is filled with food. We are amazed!" Click to read more.

Community Members Support the Moraine Township Food Pantry

Birdie Cohen and Daphne Christopoulos present earnings from their lemonade stand to raise funds for the Food Pantry


Roxanne Kupfer with cleaning supplies and paper products from Building Blocks Childhood Center collection for Moraine Township Food Pantry.


Kevin Klug, owner of Klug Orchards, donates produce weekly to Moraine Township Food Pantry at the Ravinia Farmers Market - thanks to Mike Babian for facilitating this valuable nutritious donation for our Pantry.

Kelly Nichols of Mom's Clean Air Force hosts local food drive for Moraine Township

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