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Free food pantries, soup kitchens and groceries Lake County Illinois.

Free food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks in Lake County Illinois are available to those who need help. The centers can provide free groceries as well as food in an emergency. Find where to get free hot or cold meals, groceries, and other aid in Lake County near you below. There is help for individuals and families across the region. However the services don’t usually stop there. There is also a free referral number at the bottom of the page for more information on free food resources.

The programs that are offered will generally acquire products through donations, canned food drives, and the generosity of local members of Lake County. The charities then distribute the goods to the needy. Some may also be involved in the direct purchase of food and then distribute it to people who are in an emergency situation. Many locations can also offer some or more of the following.

  • Food stamps and the LINK Card can be applied for at the pantries.
  • Some Lake County food pantries deliver hot or cold meals as well as groceries (as part of Meals on Wheels) to people whose age, illnesses, or disabilities make it difficult for them to leave home.
  • Additional locations may offer, or be able to refer people to, resources including housing, clothing, material goods, transportation and utilities for individuals with low or fixed incomes. This is in addition to any food offered.
  • Lake County pantries also often have free hygiene supplies and personal toiletries like laundry detergent, feminine products, soap and other goods.
  • Special programs and assistance may be offered for older adults, people who are homeless, and/or individuals with disabilities who are otherwise can’t provide for themselves and their families.

You will need to call or stop by a food pantry to learn exactly what services they offer, or can arrange.

PLAN at Life Center
Outreach and food is offered from 872 N Nicole Ln, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073. Phone - (847) 302-9904
Outreach includes an emergency food pantry, clothing, winter coats, free hygiene products and cleaning supplies.

El Puente Latino
There is a free food pantry at Protestant Episcopal Church. Location is 2415 North Butrick, Waukegan, IL 60087. Phone: (847) 599-3051
Fresh/raw groceries are available in Lake County, including to immigrants. Services are available in Spanish as well.




Catholic Charities
There are multiple sites. The local branch for Lake County of one of the leading charity organizations. Programs offer utility bill payment assistance, foreclosure and rent counseling, homeless services, and more. They also have baby formula for new moms, emergency boxes of food, and more. The Lake County charity has financial help for bills as well as SNAP applications. There is also a free food pantry and soup kitchen as well as clothes or thrift stores.

  • 101 N Cedar Lake Rd, Round Lake Illinois 60073. Dial 847-546-5733
  • Catholic Charities, Lake County Services is another site at 671 South Lewis Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085. Call (847) 782-4000

St. Vincent de Paul St. Francis
135 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich IL 60047. Phone: 847-438-6622
Whether shelf stable food, or free baby formula or clothes, there is help. Volunteers also deliver frozen meals to the homebound or disabled in Lake County, and the elderly can get vitamins and Ensure too. The emergency pantry may have Canned Beans, Milk, peanut butter or jelly, paper products like toilet paper and much more.

Midwest Veterans Food and Nutrition Resource Center
Address is 2323 Green Bay Rd, North Chicago Illinois. Phone: 847-354-2108
Get free emergency food or help in applying for VA or other government aid, such as Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Cooking Matter Classes, or SNAP food stamps. There is also financial aid, free hygiene supplies for veterans (and their families) and other services.

Waukegan Baptist Bible Church
Location is 1500 Sunset Avenue, Waukegan IL 60087. Call 847-336-8260

Most Blessed Trinity
Location is 912 8th Street, Waukegan Illinois 60085. Phone: 847-623-2112

Community CARE Center of The Chapel
Address is 25270 West Hwy 60, Grayslake IL 60030. Main number is 847-201-2777
An emergency food bank may have fresh produce to families, paper goods like TP or napkins, hand sanitizer and more. As far as groceries, supplies like infant formula, bakery goods, cereal, fresh eggs, canned meat and more is offered.





Calvary Community Care
The Food Pantry is at 1221 W. Maple Avenue, which is Gracepointe Church, Mundelein IL 60060. Phone: 847-566-6650

Eternal Flame
Location is 1412 Greenfield Ave., North Chicago IL 60064. Call 847-473-3722

Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry
505 W Bonner Rd, Wauconda, IL 60084. Call (847) 526-8684

C.O.O.L. (Christian Outreach of Lutherans)
800 W. Glen Flora Ave., Waukegan IL 60085. Phone: 847.662.1340 or 847.662.1230
Runs the Food Pantry West location. Free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals may also be served to families living in poverty. There are also personal hygiene products, diapers, infant formula, and free groceries for single moms, the elderly and hungry in the Lake County area.

First United Methodist Soup Kitchen
128 N Martin Luther King Jr Av, Waukegan Illinois 60085. Main number is 847-623-2433
Year round, daily hot meals or cold lunches to go. Breakfast, Dinner and holiday meals too.

Salvation Army of Lake County
The faith based charity helps the poor, unemployed, and low-income in Lake County. Assistance programs include a free food pantry and soup kitchen. There is financial aid, vouchers for grocery shopping, and Christmas meals as well as free Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Or get laundry detergent, soap and other goods. More on Salvation Army Lake County assistance programs.

Faith Acres Foundation
Location is 225 East State Rd, Island Lake IL 60042. Intake number is 815-669-0188

Community Action Partnership of Lake County
213 Water St., Waukegan, Illinois 60085, Phone (847) 249-4330
Can help people apply for social services, government aid, and a host of programs. Learn about services such as LIHEAP, food stamps, and summer meals for children. They also have information on local food banks and pantries.

  • Another office is at Location is 2424 Washington, Waukegan, IL 60085. Phone number is (847) 249-4330. This non-profit has information on all government programs, including food assistance. Click here for a summery of services such as WIC, SNAP food stamps, and other options. Or locate other national food assistance programs.

C.O.O.L. (Christian Outreach of Lutherans)
123 West Water Street, Waukegan, Illinois 60085. Dial (847) 662-1230
There is a free food pantry and soup kitchen. Struggling families can get canned groceries, fresh produce, sandwiches and other items. There are also free Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and food baskets.

Ramah Foundation
Main address: 134 W. Monaville Rd., Lake Villa IL. Telephone - 847-312-9776

North Shore Church ‘ Christ Soup Kitchen
Main location is 326 Julian Street, Waukegan IL 60085. 847-623-9727

Christian Fellowship Church
228 N County St, Waukegan, IL 60085. Main phone number is (847) 244-2332
Some holiday meals may be administered to local residents of this part of Lake County. Get free groceries such as yogurt, vitamins, vegetables, etc. Or get paper products including napkins or toilet paper - based on donations to the free food bank.

St. James Church
134 North Ave, Highwood Illinois 60040. Phone: 847-433-1494
The pantry may have Boxed or Canned Soups, Canned Fruits, Canned Meats, Dried macaroni, Baby formula and other goods.





Holy Family Food Pantry
Address - 912 8th Street
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Phone (847) 623-2112
Services offered from this location include Food Stamps/SNAP applications and of course a food pantry.

Church of the Holy Spirit – LF
400 E. Westminster Road, Lake Forest IL 60045, 847-235-1107
There is a pantry. Get tuna, canned meat, peanut butter; instant milk, tomato sauce and more. There is also the Christ Church Community Meal at 410 Grand Avenue, Waukegan IL 60085, dial 847-662-7081.

HOPE Food Distribution Services
Address is 125 W. Church St., Libertyville IL 60048. Call 847-362-2110
Free groceries are offered in Lake County. Get Cooking oils, Cereal, Dry Rice, Dairy, Milk, and more. Staff also help the poor apply for SNAP food stamps, USDA commodities like cheese and other goods.

St. Vincent De Paul @ St. Bede Soup Kitchen
36455 N Wilson Road, Ingleside IL 60041. Main telephone number is 224-360-2562
Resources include free food, personal toiletries, and referrals. The charity will also serve free Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter meals. Or get a box of groceries, soap, and hygiene supplies. The elderly and homebound can apply for Meals on Wheels. There may be some free pet food too.

Saint Anastasia Church
Location is 624 Douglas Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085. Telephone number to the pantry and soup kitchen is 847-623-8320 ext 254

Shiloh Baptist Church
Food pantry address is 800 South Genesee Street
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Call (847) 662-6325

Our Lady of Humility
Address is 10655 Wadsworth Road
Zion, Illinois 60099
Dial (847) 872-8778
Emergency boxes of groceries are passed out to Lake County families by volunteers. They may also have hygiene items, blankets, winter coats, and more (in addition to the free food).

St. Peter
1891 Kaneville Road
Geneva IL 60134

St. Joseph’s Church
112 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville IL 60048
Phone: 847-362-2073

SMV Sharing Hands Food Pantry
236 U.S. Highway 45
Indian Creek IL 60061
Phone: 847-362-1005

St. Lawrence Episcopal Church Community Meal
125 W Church Street
Libertyville Illinois 60048
This is a free soup kitchen. They may also deliver food to the homebound, disabled, and sick in Lake County. There are also holiday meals, frozen food, and fresh food that may be delivered and a box lunch for the homeless or migrant workers.

Wildwood Presbyterian Church
18630 West Old Gages Lake Road
Grayslake IL 60030

Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry
100 Flinn Street
Batavia IL 60510
For hours of the charity, call 630-879-3784

Avon Township
Location 423 East Washington Street
Round Lake Park, IL 60073
(847) 546-1446

First Presbyterian Church
West Maple & Douglas
Libertyville, Illinois 60048
Dial (847) 362-2174 for information on hours and services.

Open Arms Mission
Location is 1548 S. Main Street (Route 83)
Antioch, IL 60002
Phone number is (847) 395-0309
Resources for basic needs, bills, and other aid. Also a Food Stamp application site.

Fremont Township
22376 West Erhart Road
Mundelein, Illinois 60060
Telephone number is (847) 223-2847







Grant Township
26725 West Molidor Road
Ingleside, IL 60041
(847) 740-2233

Libertyville Township
Address of food bank is 359 Merrill Court, Libertyville, Illinois 60048. Call 847-816-5989 or (847) 816-6800
A food bank is on site for low income town residents. Staff can also provide applications to USDA commodities to seniors and public benefits.

Vernon Township
Main office address: 3050 North Main Street
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Call (847) 634-4600

P.L.A.N. (People Lending Assistance Network)
Address is 1892 Nicole Avenue
Round Lake Beach, Illinois 60073
Call (847) 302-9904

Moraine Township
Address: 777 Central Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Main phone number is (847) 432-3240
Groceries, paper products, meal vouchers are more are available from this Lake County social service office.

UMMA Center
Address is 221 Washington Street
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
For hours, dial (847) 336-6136
Assistance for the disabled and elderly includes Meals on Wheels. There is also a monthly food bank for the working poor. They also give out other free household items such as laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper and paper goods.

West Deerfield Township
601 Deerfield Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015. Dial (847) 945-0614
Emergency financial aid is combined with applications to Commodity Supplemental Food Program or WIC for local residents.

Warren Township
Location is 17801 West Washington Street, Gurnee, IL 60031. (847) 244-1101
Whether free food, WIC vouchers for baby formula, or cleaning supplies, aid is only for residents of the town.

Shields Township
906 Muir Avenue
Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
Call (847) 234-0802

Lake Villa Township
37908 North Fairfield Road
Lake Villa, IL 60046
Telephone number - (847) 356-2116

Christian Assembly of God
2929 Bethel Boulevard
Zion, Illinois 60099
(847) 872-3541
A soup kitchen as well as free food pantry are on site.

Christian Faith Fellowship
Food bank address is 1727 27th Street
Zion, IL 60099
Call (847) 731-0700 for this charity.
This location will help feed the poor and vulnerable. they also offer snacks for children, holiday meals or food baskets, dairy, and baby formula.





Christian Faith Fellowship Church
1730 Washington Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Call (847) 244-2332

Santa Maria Del Popolo Parish Office
116 North Lake Street
Mundelein, IL 60060
Telephone is (847) 949-8300
Dial for referrals and/or emergency food boxes.

Greater Faith Church - Baptist
565 Powell Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085
Call (847) 244-4400 for hours on food and meal distribution.

North Point Community Christian Church
Location is 900 Lewis Ave
Winthrop Harbor, Illinois 60096
Telephone number is (847) 746-5522

Gracepointe Church
Address is 1221 West Maple Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060
Telephone: (847) 566-6650

Saint Mary of Vernon - Sharing Hands
236 U.S. Highway 45
Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061
For hours, call (847) 362-1069
Programs include a clothing closet, food pantry, household items, and holiday meals.

Connect Family Service
777 Central Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
For referrals, dial (847) 432-4981 x102
Specialists can refer clients to SNAP intake sites, USDA commodities, disability, and other hunger prevention resources.

Christian Valley Missionary Baptist Church
2690 Argonne Drive
North Chicago, IL 60064
Call (847) 473-3567
Free holiday meals, as well as food baskets, are also served at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Emmanuel Faith Bible Christian Center
1840 Lincoln Street
North Chicago, IL 60064
(847) 473-4854
Students can get snacks from Summer Food Service, there is clothing and Easter food baskets, gifts, and other programs run by the charity food bank.

Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church
Location is 711 Eighth Street
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Call the food bank at (847) 662-3182

Millburn Congregational Church
19073 West Grass Lake Road
Lake Villa, IL 60046
(847) 356-5237

Mount Moriah Christian Center
524 10th Street
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Call (847) 662-5683
Fresh produce, milk, and canned groceries are for income qualified families as well as the unemployed in Lake County.

Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church
Primary address is 2401 Argonne Drive
North Chicago, IL 60064
(847) 689-4422





Christian Churches, Saint Francis De Sales Ministry Center
Address: 11 South Buesching Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Call (847) 438-6622
Meals, free food, spiritual guidance, and some support like clothes may be offered from time to time.

Project HOPE
320 East Franklin
Barrington, Illinois 60010
Main phone number is (847) 381-5721

Lord of Glory
Location is 607 West Belvidere Road
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
Phone - (847) 548-5673
Anyone in need can call on the non-profit food bank.

Additional free food and hot meals in Lake County IL

Several other food banks, soup kitchens, and assistance programs are available in Lake County Illinois that may be near you. Not only can they provide boxes of food or groceries, but the centers also administer government programs such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program or SNAP. Or the elderly can learn about congregate meal sites in the community. Call 630.443.6910 for more details.


By Jon McNamara











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