Lisa Rusch

Avon Community Food Pantry

We are truly grateful for the ongoing support we have here in Avon Township and our surrounding areas

History:The Avon Township Food Pantry began its existence at the Township Center around 1990 to fill a need for the residents of Avon Township applying for General Assistance and/or Emergency Assistance. Today, the Avon Community Food Pantry is  a non-profit organization that is working to meet the needs of our community. The township is represented on the Board of this not for profit organization.

In 2013, the Avon Township Food Pantry provided emergency sustenance to over 28000 township residents.  On average the pantry serves over 2300 people each month.

Without the generosity of area residents, churches, and service organizations the pantry would not be able to service the number of people in need.

95% of the food is purchased from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  No tax monies are used to buy food and the pantry depend solely on donations.  A $1.00 donation can buy on average 8 pounds of food.  We like to use the example of you going to the local grocery store to buy a box of cereal.  For what you spent on that box of cereal, our buying power through the Northern Illinois Food Bank allows us to purchase of case of cereal.

Service Area: All of Avon Township: Including the communities of Grayslake, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Third Lake, and unincorporated Avon Township.

Pantry Hours of Operation:

Monday: 1pm-4pm

Tuesday: 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

Wednesday: 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

Thursday: 2pm-6pm

Friday: 9am-12pm

Third Saturday of each month: 9am-12pm

Requirements for Obtaining Food: Applicants must sign a form stating that they meet federal guidelines for low-income status. To receive ongoing aid they must be residents of Avon Township; however, food is offered on a one-time basis to anyone who applies. Those who live outside of the township are directed to agencies in their area. Applicants need not state their circumstances for needing food (i.e. unemployed, works but can't cover expenses, disability, etc.)

What Does the Avon Community Food Pantry Offer? They pantry is a "Choice" Food Pantry.  This means that YOU get to select the food you require.  Clients may come to the food pantry once every 30 days to receive enough food to feed their family for three days. We use U.S.D.A standards for serving sizes.  All types of food, including packaged, frozen and fresh, are distributed based on availability. In addition, clients are furnished, on request, paper goods and household and personal care products if they are available. We refer clients needing clothing and furniture to other area agencies.

Donations: are accepted in the way of food and money.  For every dollar donated, an average 8 pounds of food can be purchased by the Foundation from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.