Emergency Food Pantry
The Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry provides food on an emergency basis to persons living in the greater Maine Township area. To receive assistance on a continuing basis you must reside in Maine Township.
The first Maine Township Food Pantry program began in 1981 when the Township gave out fifteen food baskets during the Christmas season. By 1984 the Emergency Food Pantry had established itself as a regular but relatively minor program under the auspices of the General Assistance department, providing twenty-five baskets of food per month and maintaining its food supply in a single closet. In 1989 the program expanded to a large storage room in the basement of the Township Hall. Today the Emergency Food Pantry supplies 150 boxes of food every month, which go towards feeding over 300 individuals. Each box is hand packed by township staff and volunteers with dozens of non-perishable food items to help supplement the needs of township residents in distress.
The food is donated by individuals, businesses, and local organizations such as churches, schools, and Scout programs who hold food drives to keep the Food Pantry stocked throughout the year. The Park Ridge Human Needs Task Force has been a regular contributor to the Food Pantry for many years. Monetary or food donations may be dropped off during normal business hours of 9-5 PM Monday through Friday to the General Assistance office located in the Maine Township Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge. You may also mail donations to that address.
The food pantry is open for residents Tuesday and Friday from 1-4:30 PM.
Food Pantry Wish ListThe following is a list of items the food pantry is currently most in need of. Please do not donate large food service size cans.