Food Pantry

OUR PANTRY HELPS NEIGHBORS & WORKERS OF NEW TRIER MEET BASIC FOOD & HYGIENE NEEDS

Sometimes life presents unexpected challenges such as a major illness, job loss, family tragedy, or change in marital status. These circumstances often make it difficult to cover all family expenses and that’s where our food pantry can be of service.

ELIGIBILITY

If you or someone you know resides or works in New Trier Township (which includes the villages of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, and Glencoe, plus portions of Glenview and Northfield) and could benefit from supplemental groceries, paper goods and hygiene items, contact the Township social worker, Jeanne Winsted-Rosser at 847-446-8201 or by emailing Jeanne Winsted Rosser to be added to our list.

Pantry

If you are a resident of New Trier Township or work in the township and are in need of the Pantry, please call Jeanne Winsted Rosser, Social Services Administrator at 847-446-8201 for a confidential interview. Proof of residency (driver's license, utility bill) or of employment within the township boundaries (paycheck stub or letter from employer) is required. The office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM. A voicemail message can be left at any time. Clients will be assigned a day to shop for items based on last name.

  • Mondays (A-E)
  • Tuesdays (F-J)
  • Wednesdays (K-O)
  • Thursdays (P-T)
  • Fridays (U-Z)

If you have a conflict with your pickup day, please contact Brian at 847-446-8203.

Visiting the Food Pantry

Food Pantry Hours are 10AM-4PM. The Pantry is located at the Township Office, 739 Elm Street, Winnetka -  just east of Green Bay Road near the Metra Station. 

Clients may use the Pantry every two weeks. Please bring your card and your reusable bag to your visits.

Online Tours of the Food Pantry

History

Established in 1965, the New Trier Township Food Pantry serves as a bridge between those who have the ability to give and those who are in need. Through donations from the community and volunteer efforts the shelves are stocked with a variety of:

  • Canned and Packaged Food
  • Frozen Foods
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toiletry Items
  • Useful Paper Goods

What We Need

New Trier Township is consistently ranked among the wealthiest areas in the United States. Adversity, however, knows no boundaries. Our clients face job loss, devastating illness, divorce, underemployment, or other unforeseen life circumstances that prompt them to seek our assistance. If you would like to help a neighbor in need, please review the Pantry Priority Needs List.

Pantry shopping hours are from 10AM until 4PM Monday - Friday, excluding holidays. 

Food Pantry Prioriy Needs as of July 2022

Where We Get Our Food

The Township Pantry is primarily supported by individual and institutional donors. Contact Brian at 847-446-8203 or Email Brian if you wish to make a donation or host an organized food or fund drive. A small line item allocation is available within the Township budget to purchase food through local vendors. No donation is too small- all are appreciated.

Making a Difference

The Township Food Pantry serves the needs of over 100 households per month, representing about 250 persons. The supplemental groceries and personal care items our clients receive are making a tremendous difference in their lives, while strengthening the communities we serve.