Food Pantry

The Maine Township Food Pantry will be open to residents of Maine Township between the hours of 10-1 Tuesday and Friday. Visitors to the pantry must sign the sign-in sheet and show proof of residence in Maine Township. Given the amount of boxes going out, the pantry must restrict services to Maine Township residents only. It also must limit it to at most once a week. Pre-made boxes cannot be substituted or changed.

The Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry provides food on an emergency basis to persons living in the greater Maine Township area. To receive assistance on a continuing basis you must reside in Maine Township.

The first Maine Township Food Pantry program began in 1981 when the Township gave out fifteen food baskets during the Christmas season. Today the Emergency Food Pantry supplies 150 boxes of food every month, which go towards feeding over 300 individuals. Each box is hand packed by township staff and volunteers with dozens of non-perishable food items to help supplement the needs of township residents in distress.

The food is donated by individuals, businesses, and local organizations such as churches, schools, and Scout programs who hold food drives to keep the Food Pantry stocked throughout the year. The Park Ridge Human Needs Task Force has been a regular contributor to the Food Pantry for many years. Monetary or food donations may be dropped off during normal business hours of 9-5 pm Monday through Friday at the Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge. You may also mail donations to that address.

Food Pantry Wish List

The following is a list of items the food pantry is currently most in need of. Please do not donate large food service size cans.

  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Juice, Juice Boxes, Kool Aid
  • Canned Tuna, Chicken, or Salmon
  • Plain Rice, Rice-A-Roni
  • Canned Fruit, Apple Sauce
  • Crackers
  • Instant Potatoes, Canned White Potatoes
  • Peanut Butter, Jelly (18 oz. maximum size)
  • Bisquick, Pancake Mix, Syrup
  • Prepared Meals – Canned Pasta Meals, Boxed Meals
  • Desserts – Cake, Cookie, & Brownie Mixes, Jell-O, Pudding, Cookies, Frosting
  • Condiments – Ketchup, Mayonaise, Mustard, Pickles
  • Beverages – Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa
  • Cooking Supplies – Flour, Sugar, Oil, Salt, Pepper
  • Cleaning Products – Laundry Soap, Dish Soap
  • Paper Products – Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Kleenex
  • Storage Products – Tin Foil, Plastic Wrap
  • Personal Hygiene Products – Shampoo, Toothpaste, Bath Soap