All Nourishing Hope programs will be CLOSED on Tuesday, October 24 for a staff meeting. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Todos los programas de Nourishing Hope estarán CERRADOS martes, 24 de octubre por una reunión de los empleados. Lo sentimos por la inconveniencia.

Lakeview Pantry is now


Helping our neighbors overcome hunger, improve mental wellness, and build for the future.

Honoring a grassroots legacy of more than 50 years of community engagement, service and action.

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Our Community Services

Get Food

Providing a healthy and diverse range of groceries for our Chicago neighbors. We personalize food distribution – matching our guests with the food they want and need.

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Mental Wellness

Licensed, trained professionals working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, or other stressors, getting at root causes of mental illness. No insurance is required.

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Social Services

Respectful assistance in navigating state and local resources available, while supporting a plan for a healthy, stable life. We work with our neighbors to overcome any obstacles.

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Last year, we provided the equivalent of 4 million meals to people in communities throughout the city.

That includes more than 21,000 families who turned to us for help for the first time.

Our Mission

Food for Today.
Hope for Tomorrow.

Nourishing Hope, formerly known as Lakeview Pantry, is a dynamic social services organization providing food, mental wellness counseling and other social services, such as job and housing assistance, to our Chicago neighbors in need. Founded in 1970, we strive to serve the needs of the whole person — with respect and dignity, always.

Volunteer at Nourishing Hope!

Join our passionate community of thousands of dedicated volunteers serving our fellow Chicagoans!

We’re always looking for volunteers and we’d be honored to have you join us. Our many opportunities include:

  • Neighborly service at our two food pantries 
  • Sorting and packing food in our warehouses
  • Home delivery routes on the South, West and North Sides
  • Volunteer youth opportunities 
  • Corporate groups 
  • Community service hours
  • Community/faith groups

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Growing to Serve More People in Communities Throughout the City

We’ve opened a new 21,600-square-foot headquarters that will help us expand services in a variety of ways, including:

  • A twice-a-week drive-through pickup site for our online market program; 
  • Ample warehouse space for storage of food; 
  • A more central location to expand food and social service programs on the South and West Sides; 
  • Mental wellness counseling offices; 
  • And space for convening and collaborating with other community partners.

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“Food insecurity is at the foundation of other challenges — physical health, education, mental health wellness. By supporting Nourishing Hope, you are providing food for today and hope for tomorrow for thousands of Chicago families each year. Together, we can work together to alleviate short-term suffering and cultivate healthier communities. Get involved today in Nourishing Hope’s meaningful work. No one should go hungry.”

Marc Brenner, Board of Directors

More than 92% of our food is donated, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy and other assorted groceries.

About half of our food comes from the Greater Chicago Food Depository; the rest comes from our grocery partners.


​”We’re really so thankful for Nourishing Hope because you get a variety of food, you get healthy meals. It’s really balanced, and it helps me every month.”

Nicole, Nourishing Hope guest

In-Kind Partners

We could not help our community without the help from our food partners.

Nourishing Hope Exists Because of the Support of Our Neighbors.

With multiple food distribution programs that deliver the equivalent of 4 million meals each year, plus thousands of social service visits that empower healthy lives, Nourishing Hope strives to build a brighter future for all Chicagoans. Join us today!

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