Self-Help Closet & Pantry helps Des Plaines residents in need
Self-Help Closet & Pantry has been helping Des Plaines residents in need since 1971
The Self-Help Closet & Pantry was established in Des Plaines in 1971 in the basement of First Congregational Church. It was incorporated in 1987 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation in Illinois.
Despite tremendous growth over the years, the organization's mission remains simple: To provide food and clothing to Des Plaines residents in need.
The Self-Help Closet & Pantry relies mainly on the community for support through food and monetary donations from local businesses, residents, churches, schools, clubs and organizations, the Chamber of Commerce and the city of Des Plaines.
The nonprofit currently serves about 400 Des Plaines households, although that number is increasing with the spread of COVID-19.
The "staff" of the Self-Help Closet & Pantry includes about 65 volunteers and one part-time employee, who serves as executive director.
The organization's two main fundraisers are the annual summer "Putt for the Pantry" miniature golf family event, including a grilled lunch and raffle, and the annual fall "Tailgate" fundraiser at Club Casa in Des Plaines.
The largest food drive benefiting the Self-Help Closet & Pantry is the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive in May, which this year was canceled.
The Self-Help Closet & Pantry is open for clients from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Donor hours are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays.
To learn more about becoming a client, donating or volunteering, call (847) 375-1443, or visit www.selfhelppantry.org or on Facebook@desplainesfoodpantry.