Food Pantry


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.


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, an intake appointment must be arranged with the township Social Worker, Jeanne Winsted Rosser by phoning (847) 446-8201 or via email at

Prospective food pantry clients must meet income qualifications to be approved for the pantry program. Once approved, clients receive an appointment time to shop for the items they require.

The Pantry is located at the Township Office, just east of Green Bay Road near the Metra station.


During the pandemic the pantry is temporarily unavailable for inside shopping visits. Pantry clients are currently receiving pre-packaged bags of staple groceries, produce and meat between the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday).

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 needs list.

If you are a New Trier Township resident in need, or if you know of a resident in need, please call Jeanne Winsted Rosser, Social Services Administrator at 847-446-8201 for a confidential interview. The office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. A voice mail message can be left at any time.


Where We Get Our Food

The township pantry is primarily supported by donations from the public (individual donors) or organized food and fund drives. 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

Despite an improving economy and lower unemployment rates, many of our clients are working several part-time jobs, or are now underemployed after the Great Recession. 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.