We’ve all been hungry, but most of us, hopefully, have very little idea what actual hunger is like. True hunger, measured in days, weeks, or worse. The related agonies of not knowing how you are going to satisfy your or your family’s hunger.
Most of us have probably never used a food pantry. This last year though has seen more people challenged with hunger then perhaps any other time in most of our lifetimes.
After putting together the Farmers Markets Guide, it had me thinking about food in general and then food pantries. I figured a guide on food pantries for McHenry County could be useful and quick to pull together. I quickly discovered that “quick” might have been a bit presumptuous.
On one hand, I was a little amazed at the number of food pantries in the area…more than I had ever heard about. But on the other hand, it was a bit frustrating, seeing lists that were clearly outdated, links to websites that no longer worked, and not a lot of comprehensive lists to begin with.
With your help, we hope to change that. If you know of any food pantries or similar resources that we haven’t included, please hop over to our contact page and drop us a line with as much information as you have. We will continue to update this as we get new and more information.
Jump to the McHenry County Food Pantries
Finding Food Pantries
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 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.”
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.
McHenry County Food Pantries
Cary Food Pantries
Cary-Grove Food Pantry
Address: 8901 Cary Algonquin Rd, Cary, IL 60013
Information: Cary-Grove Food Pantry
Crystal Lake Food Pantries
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Address: 42 East Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Information: Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Harvest Bible Chapel
Address: 580 Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake, 60014
Information: Harvest Bible Chapel
The Salvation Army Crystal Lake Corps Community Center
Address: 290 W Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Harvard Food Pantries
Harvard Community Food Pantry
Address: Lions Park, 6817 Harvard Hills Rd, Harvard, IL 60033
Information: Harvard Community Food Pantry
Huntley Food Pantries
Grafton Food Pantry
Address: 11481 Allison Court, Huntley, IL 60142
Information: Grafton Food Pantry
Open Hands Food Pantry
Address: 17N230 Manning Rd, Huntley, IL 60142
Information: Open Hands Food Pantry
Island Lake Food Pantries
Faith Acres Foundation
Address: 215 E State Rd Unit H, Island Lake, IL 60042
Information: Faith Acres Foundation
Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry
Address: 505 W Bonner Rd, Wauconda, IL 60084
Information: Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry
Lake in the Hills Food Pantries
Algonquin-LITH Food Pantry
Address: 1113 Pyott Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Information: Algonquin-LITH Food Pantry
Marengo Food Pantries
M.O.R.E. Center Food Pantry
Address: 829 Greenlee St, Marengo, IL 60152
Information: M.O.R.E. Center Food Pantry
McHenry Food Pantries
Casa De Vida
Address: 4513 Front Royal Dr, McHenry, IL 60050
Information: Casa De Vida
FISH of McHenry
Address: 3515 N Richmond Rd, McHenry, IL 60051
Information: FISH of McHenry
Spring Grove Food Pantries
Helping Hands Food Pantry
Address: 2502 Spring Ridge Dr, Spring Grove, IL 60081
Information: Helping Hands Food Pantry
Wonder Lake Food Pantries
Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake / Nativity Lutheran Church
Address: 3506 E Wonder Lake Dr, Wonder Lake, IL 60097
Woodstock Food Pantries
Woodstock Food Pantry
Address: 1033 Lake Ave, Woodstock, IL 60098
Information: Woodstock Food Pantry
Woodstock Public Library Food Pantry
Address: 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock, IL 60098
Information: 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.
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.