Food Pantry Guide for McHenry County

As we approach the end of the year, many of us are filled with thoughts of family, gratitude, the joys of this festive season, and wonderful meals. But for some, it’s a time of great challenge as they struggle to get by…yet for others, those challenges aren’t any different than any other time of year.

Most of us have probably never needed to turn to a food pantry. The last few years though have seen more people challenged with hunger than perhaps any other time in most of our lifetimes. And while things have improved for many, there are those who continue to just put food on the table.

If you need help, then I hope this guide may help you find it. If you are in a position to help, either financially or through volunteering, then I hope this guide may help you find outlets for your generosity.

Jump to the McHenry County Food Pantries

Finding Food Pantries In My Area

Below, you’ll find the list of local McHenry County food pantries that we have compiled…so far. We’ve broken them out by city or village to make it easier to find what may be closest to you or someone you know.

This list is primarily made up of “traditional food pantries,” but there are some that offer unique offerings.

If you are in need, instead of or in addition to those listed here, be sure to check around with local agencies, churches, community groups, schools, etc.

There may be other forms of assistance available that aren’t promoted specifically as a food pantry or assistance that may be available as part of other programs.

Using Food Pantries

First…things change quickly, so please reach out ahead of time to confirm details: location, hours, any specific requirements or qualifications, etc.

Second…as mentioned above, some pantries may be open to all, others may be limited to residents of their city/village, or there may be income/need requirements. Each may be different and have its own requirements and processes, so best to get details on that upfront.

Third…it’s also good to find out any specific operational details like whether payment is expected and what forms of payment are accepted, whether you need to bring your own bags, any quantity limits on specific foods, or whether some foods are only available on certain days, etc.

Fourth…if you are in need of help, then please seek it. Don’t assume that you don’t qualify because you are employed, because you aren’t homeless, or that you must be enrolled in a state or federal program. Contact the specific locations and let them help determine what assistance you qualify for.

Food pantry.
Food pantry.

Check First

Each of the food pantries and food banks below may offer differing levels of service. Some may be open most days of the week, while others may be limited to certain days or even limited times during the month. Some may offer curbside food pantry assistance, drive-thru, or even operate as a mobile food pantry.

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Note: We’ve highlighted those pantries that may no longer be operating.

McHenry County Food Pantries

Algonquin Food Pantries

Algonquin-LITH Interfaith Food Pantry

Address: 1113 Pyott Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Phone: 847-854-1904

Details: Algonquin-LITH Interfaith Food Pantry


Cary Food Pantries

Cary-Grove Food Pantry

Address: 8901 Cary Algonquin Rd, Cary, IL 60013

Phone: 847-516-3602

Details: Cary-Grove Food Pantry


Crystal Lake Food Pantries

Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Address: 42 East Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-455-0961

Details: Crystal Lake Food Pantry


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First Church Food Pantry

Address: 236 W Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-459-0785

Details: First Church Food Pantry


Harvest Bible Chapel

Address: 580 Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake, 60014

Phone: 847-398-7005

Details: Harvest Bible Chapel


The Salvation Army Crystal Lake Corps Community Center

Address: 290 W Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-455-2769

Details: The Salvation Army Crystal Lake Corps Community Center


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Veterans Path to Hope Monthly Food Truck

Address: ST. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1023 McHenry Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-321-4673

Details: Veterans Path to Hope Monthly Food Truck


Fox River Grove Food Pantries

Cary-Grove Food Pantry

Address: 8901 Cary Algonquin Rd, Cary, IL 60013

Phone: 847-516-3602

Details: Cary-Grove Food Pantry


Harvard Food Pantries

Harvard Community Food Pantry

Address: Lions Park, 6817 Harvard Hills Rd, Harvard, IL 60033

Phone: 815-943-4909

Details: Harvard Community Food Pantry


New Life Pentecostal Food Pantry

Address: 309 N Division St, Harvard, IL 60033

Phone: 815-900-4485

Details: New Life Pentecostal Food Pantry


What’s the difference between a food bank and a food pantry?

Food banks take in large quantities of food that is then distributed to organizations for direct distribution to those in need.

Hebron Food Pantries

Hebron Community Food Pantry

Address: 10206 Seaman Rd, Hebron, IL 60034

Phone: 815-790-7267

Details: Hebron Community Food Pantry


Huntley Food Pantries

Grafton Food Pantry

Address: 11481 Allison Court, Huntley, IL 60142

Phone: 847-495-0922

Details: Grafton Food Pantry


Open Hands Food Pantry

Address: 17N230 Manning Rd, Huntley, IL 60142

Phone: 847-961-6974

Details: Open Hands Food Pantry


Mobile & Pop-Up Food Pantries

In addition to the locations we have listed here, there are also mobile and pop-up food pantries. These operate in various locations across the county on a set date and time.

As these are constantly changing, use the link here to see upcoming markets.

Box of food and volunteers.

Island Lake Food Pantries

Faith Acres Foundation Food Pantry

Address: 215 E State Rd Unit H, Island Lake, IL 60042

Phone: 815-669-0188

Details: Faith Acres Foundation Food Pantry


Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry

Address: 505 W Bonner Rd, Wauconda, IL 60084

Phone: 847-526-8684

Details: Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry


Lake in the Hills Food Pantries

Algonquin-LITH Interfaith Food Pantry

Address: 1113 Pyott Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Phone: 847-854-1904

Details: Algonquin-LITH Interfaith Food Pantry


Marengo Food Pantries

Stone Soup Sharing Center – First Presbyterian Church

Address: 119 East Washington, Marengo, IL 60152

Phone: 815-290-9114

Details: Stone Soup Sharing Center – Marengo United Methodist Church


Marengo Area Outreach Enterprises (M.O.R.E.) Center Food Pantry

Address: 829 Greenlee St, Marengo, IL 60152

Phone: 815-568-7950

Details: Marengo Area Outreach Enterprises (M.O.R.E.) Center Food Pantry

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McHenry Food Pantries

Casa De Vida Church

Address: 4513 Front Royal Dr, McHenry, IL 60050

Phone: 815-669-1406

Details: Casa De Vida Church


First Church Food Truck

Address: 1809 Rt 31, McHenry, IL 60050

Phone: 847-809-3331

Details: First Church Food Truck


FISH Food Pantry of McHenry

Address: 3515 N Richmond Rd, McHenry, IL 60051

Phone: 815-344-4717

Details: FISH Food Pantry of McHenry


How do I qualify for a food bank or pantry?

It all depends on the provider. Some may require proof of residency as they may only serve a specific community. Others may have certain income restrictions and they can explain what is needed. But others may not have any restrictions at all, which is why we encourage you to contact your nearest locations to let them help determine whether you qualify based on their specific criteria. And if you don’t, they can probably help direct you to those organizations who can help you.

Richmond Food Pantries

Richmond / Spring Grove Food Pantry

Address: 5512 May Ave, Richmond, IL 60071

Phone: 815-678-4351

Details: Richmond / Spring Grove Food Pantry


Spring Grove Food Pantries

Northern Illinois Helping Hands Food Pantry

Address: 2502 Spring Ridge Dr, Spring Grove, IL 60081

Phone: 815-245-7345

Details: Northern Illinois Helping Hands Food Pantry


Richmond / Spring Grove Food Pantry

Address: 5512 May Ave, Richmond, IL 60071

Phone: 815-678-4351

Details: Richmond / Spring Grove Food Pantry

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Wonder Lake Food Pantries

Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake / Nativity Lutheran Church

Address: 3506 E Wonder Lake Dr, Wonder Lake, IL 60097

Phone: 815-355-5459

Details: Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake / Nativity Lutheran Church


Woodstock Food Pantries

Woodstock Food Pantry

Address: 1033 Lake Ave, Woodstock, IL 60098

Phone: 815-337-0375

Details: Woodstock Food Pantry


Woodstock Public Library Food Pantry

Address: 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock, IL 60098

Phone: 815-338-0542

Details: Woodstock Public Library Food Pantry

Note: Please consult the respective informational sources for the most current information as details may have changed since publication or update.

If you are connected with any of these or any other local McHenry County food pantries or resources, we’d be happy to correct, update, or add your information. Please hop over to our contact page and send us your information. We also invite you to add or claim your free Directory listing (if appropriate) or your free Event listings for any related events.


Helping

If you wish to help, many of these food pantries and organizations can use volunteers. Some organizations may also take donations, either in food or financial contributions.

Northern Illinois Food Bank & Feeding America

One site that does provide a wealth of information, well beyond what we have here, is the Northern Illinois Food Bank. They are also a member of Feeding America, which is headquartered in Chicago and works at a national level.

In addition to helping directly with any of the McHenry County organizations above, you may wish to consider donating directly to the Northern Illinois Food Bank and/or Feeding America. Financial donations through them often carry more buying power.

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