Until further notice, the Food Pantry will be open from 6:00–7:00pm for limited outdoor distribution service.

Volunteers are needed from 5-7:30 pm. and should be 16 years or older. 12-15 year olds should be accompanied by an adult volunteer.

Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Kids diapers will be distributed on the first and third Wednesdays of each month during the food distribution.

The Care Center is closed for the time being. For help finding local resources, email [email protected]. For help with creating resumes or searching for jobs, email [email protected].

We distribute bagged groceries to families in need. We opened in January 2005 serving 3-5 families a week. Our ministry has grown and we now serve 200-250 families each week. The Food Pantry serves anyone who needs to make ends meet.

Get involved

Every Wednesday night, 5:00-8:30pm

Every Wednesday morning, 9:00am–Noon

Every Tuesday morning, 9:30–11:00am

  • Set-up
  • Patron liaison prior to doors opening
  • New patron assistance
  • Registration desk
  • Helping patrons with food choices
  • Stock room work such as bagging, sorting, organizing, etc.
  • Return/swap counter assistance
  • Clean
Wednesday morning deliveries/sorting
  • Help unload food from two deliveries, stock and sort in preparation for Wednesday night distribution. Every Wednesday morning, 9:00am–Noon
Tuesday sorting/organizing
  • Assist with restocking, organizing and prepping stock rooms for Wednesday. Every Tuesday morning, 9:30–11:00am
Donations can be dropped off at the church anytime. Please drop off items in the bin by the front entrance of the church (please, no warehouse-size items or junk food).
Basic Staples (non-perishable food)
· Peanut Butter
· Jelly
· Canned soup
· Canned fruits
· Canned vegetables
· Canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
· Cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars
· Pasta and sauce
· Rice
· Beverages — juices, coffee, tea, etc. (please, no waters, sodas or similar)
· Condiments
· Baking items
Baby Items
· Formula
· Cereal
· Food
Volunteer Service Hours
Every Wednesday 5:00–8:30pm
Volunteering Requirements
• Volunteers must sign up by noon on Monday for each week. You can see the weekly schedule here.
• Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older.
• Volunteers are asked to arrive promptly as scheduled.
• For more information please fill out the form below

Get help

Every Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm
(Closed in 2019/2020: Mar. 6, July 3, Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 1)

• Patrons are welcome to come twice a month per household/same address.
• Patrons are allowed one visit per household per date.
• Patrons are required to provide only their name and address for our data base to receive food. (This is a requirement of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, of which The Evanston Vineyard Food Pantry is a member agency. This info is not shared in other way and is solely used for a patron to receive food.)
• Patrons must sign-in at each visit to receive food.
• Patrons can expect to receive pre-bagged nonperishable staple items as well as selecting some other items (such items may include meat, produce, bread and dairy).
• Registration/distribution starts promptly at 6:00pm. The earliest doors will open prior to registration/distribution starting is 5:45pm.
• IDs are required for patrons and for proxy pick-ups for every visit (see ID Policy info)
• Doors close promptly at 8:00pm. Anyone already inside the building who has not been served yet at 8:00pm will be served but no one is let in once entrance door is locked at 8:00pm.
Photo ID with Illinois address (address must be current within 30 days). If patron forgets photo ID & is already registered in the database, a utility bill or other non-photo documentation will be accepted one time. A note will be made in database and patron will be turned away next time this happens. (No passports are accepted unless accompanied by some kind of official paperwork verifying Illinois residency.)
• When our doors open and patrons file in, a random number will be selected from a basket. This means there is no need to come early and wait, and no standing in line for hours prior to opening. Doors will not be open prior to 5:45pm.
• If you are first in the door it does NOT guarantee you will be the first to be served.
We would love to invite you to a Sunday morning service. All are welcome, and you can come as you are. Please check out our different locations and times. We also have lots of different groups you can get involved with. Please look at our small group calendar and see what fits the best for you. Questions? Please fill out the form below.

Interested in volunteering or have questions?

Please contact us.

Donate to the Care Center

All of the good things we’re able to do in the Care Center are because of your generous gifts.

Upcoming closures

March 6, 2019

July 3, 2019

November 27, 2019

December 25, 2019

January 1, 2020

Location & contact

2495 Howard St., Evanston IL 60202

[email protected]

(847) 328-4544

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