Raise Your Helping Hand

We are a non-profit organization, serving the Machesney Park and Loves Park communities by providing resources to underfed families.

About Us

Our Beliefs

We believe in a world where no family goes hungry. Our mission is to invest in our community and support those who can benefit from extra food support. We cannot do this alone – we need your help! We believe that working together will help us grow our mission of ensuring that every child goes to bed with a full belly.

How You Can Help

Send Donation

Giving online has never been more secure, convenient or hassle-free with our one-click donation. We also do accept standard cash and check donations. If you are interested in legacy giving, please contact us!

Become a Volunteer

You can get involved today by becoming a Volunteer. Sign up and you will be joining a group of change-makers, a network strong enough to impact positive change in the lives of families.

Host a Food Drive

Your gift will help equip families in need with food. Contact us today to learn more about how your business or organization can raise supplies and donations.

Did You Know?

Since our founding, Helping Hands Pantry has served over 100,000 individuals. We serve low-income individuals and families, seniors on a fixed income, people experiencing unemployment, people with disabilities, and anyone else who is experiencing hunger or food insecurity.

Helping Hands Pantry is an all-volunteer organization. With no paid staff, 100% of donations and funding are used for the operation of the pantry and the purchase of groceries.


Recent News

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    The Helping Hands Pantry is dedicated to providing relief for local families needing support. Every week we offer opportunities for people in our community to pick out groceries from our pantry and we need your help. In 2012, our pantry served an average of 887 people each month. This is an increase of 17% from 2011, aContinue reading “Get involved!”

Become a Volunteer

With the aim of helping as many people as possible, we always welcome enthusiastic volunteers. There are many ways you can help – Please contact us for more info.