Food Pantry

Food Pantry

A Note from the Director 

As I look back on 2018, I am humbled by our communities’ support of our mission and generous help to our neighbors. We are grateful for the time, energy, and resources many provided to ensure we were able to help as many people as possible. It was tremendously needed.
Please click on this link to see just what we accomplished together! 2018 In Review
Odette Gueringer  

About The Pantry:
The Pantry of Rich Township is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. In 1984 we began on a very small scale. Today we serve about 900 households in the 10 surrounding communities of Rich Township.
Who Is Eligible?
The pantry provides free food to residents of Rich Township, all of Park Forest and the homeless. Households must meet the Emergency Food Program Income Eligibility Guidelines. Click on this link to access the guidelines.
• You will receive three or four bags of groceries.
• You can visit the pantry once every 30 days.
• Baby food and formula are available sometimes.

To Register For The Pantry: Only one account per household address
• Bring a current driver’s license, state ID, piece of mail or utility bill with your name and address, or a letter from your landlord verifying identity and residency
• If you are homeless an ID is not required
• Know your household income
• Know the birthdates of each household member
• If you do not live in the Township you will be given emergency food one time and information on pantries that serve your address

 Pantry Hours:

Monday through Friday 1:30 to 3:30 pm
First Wednesday of the Month 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Free Fresh Produce Day,  All are welcome. There are no residency or income restrictions. Sponsored by the Greater Chicago Food Depository
• Fresh produce is available on the first Wednesday of every month.
• 9:00 to Noon; Line begins at 8:30 am
• Located in the warehouse/garage behind Rich Township’s office, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park
• Produce will vary from month to month
Due to inclement weather, there may be a short wait until the delivery truck arrives.

2019 Free Produce Days

January 2
February 6
March 6
April 3
May 1
June 5
July 3
August 7
September 4
October 2
November 6
December 4

$$$ We rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations, and ongoing efforts of many local churches. No gift is too small to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Financial donations are used to purchase the food and supplies distributed to our clients.
Food: All food donations are needed and truly welcomed*
Organize a Food Drive at your school, work place, church or other membership organization.

*Food Donation Checklist:

                                                                                      We accept items with current “best by” or “use by” dates
                                                                                      All food items must be in original unopened package
                                                                                      Drop food off daily from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Year-Round Needs:

                                                                                     • Non-perishable food items canned, boxed and dry foods
                                                                                     • Fresh vegetables
                                                                                     • Fruit juices; canned, plastic or boxed
                                                                                     • Other healthy, low-fat, low-sodium, low-sugar products
                                                                                     • Zip lock quart and gallon sized bags
                                                                                     • Disposable diapers (adult and infant) all sizes
                                                                                     • Baby formula & food
                                                                                     • Personal care products such as: band aids, body soap, lotion, deodorant, razors,                                                                                                    shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.                                                                                                                                                                                 • Paper goods


Without volunteers the pantry could not function. They unload trucks, repackage food, shelf inventory, pack and distribute food, data entry, assist clients, organize food drives, participate in hunger walks, plan fundraisers, and much more. They volunteer in the morning, afternoon, Free Produce Day or for special events. In 2018 friends and neighbors volunteered over 12,000 hours.
Volunteer Application click here.

Throughout the year, the pantry hosts or participates in various fundraising events. 

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                                                                                     South Suburban Crop Hunger Walk

The Crop Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Every year a portion of the proceeds is donated to the pantry. This is the link to join our team.

                                                                                    South Suburban Crop Hunger Walk Link

GCFD Hunger Walk link  "Join our Team!"  

IGive   Shop more than 2000 stores that will donate a portion of your purchase to the Pantry. 

June 29, 2019 3RD Annual Family and Friends Bowling

September 7, 2019 Greater Chicago Food Depository 34th Annual Hunger Walk

October 13, 2019 Sunday Extravaganza, 29th Annual Fundraiser, Matteson Holiday Inn

Access to Care: The Pantry of Rich Township is a designated site to apply for this program.
It is a non-profit primary health care program for low-income, uninsured or underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and Northwest Chicago. Clients enjoy benefits of: $5 primary care doctor visits, $5 labs and x-rays, and prescription medications of $15 to $40.


The Pantry will be closed in 2019 on:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 21
President’s Day - February 18
Casimir Pulaski Day - March 4
Good Friday - April 19
Memorial Day - May 27
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - September 2
Columbus Day - October 14
Veteran’s Day - November 11
Thanksgiving - November 28 and 29
Christmas Eve - December 24
Christmas Day - December 25


Odette Gueringer
Pantry Director
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Meet the Staff

Odette Gueringer, Pantry Director