Pantry Priority Needs List

The items that you donate will stock the shelves that help people in need in New Trier Township. The people who come to the pantry often have children. Donating healthy food items that most families buy to feed children and teens will help our pantry greatly. Many others are single person households. It is better to donate an item in a size that can feed a smaller family or individuals rather than super-sized items.


Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry on Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


This list includes some of the most needed items, as well as other recommendations. Please choose products that are in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and that do not require refrigeration. We prefer not to have products packaged in glass. All items should be in their original, unopened packaging, recently purchased and in good condition. We do not accept food that is past its "best used by" date.

Fresh Produce Days

Residents are asked to consider dropping off fresh fruit and vegetables on Monday through Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to help us maintain a solid and varied supply of fresh produce for Pantry clients. Please wash produce thoroughly, and place root vegetables in sealed Ziploc bags. We thank you for your support of this on-going effort.

Current Priority Items

  • Cookies, Crackers, Granola Bars, Nuts, Raisins and Other Healthy Snacks
  • Cooking Oil, Salad Dressing, Condiments
  • Canned Fruit
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Toothbrushes
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Juices and Juice Boxes
  • Laundry detergent 

Other Recommended Items

  • Baking Goods (Muffins, Cake Mixes, Brownies)
  • Cereal (Please No Cheerios as We Have Them in Excess)
  • Coffee and Tea (Smaller Sizes)
  • Dried Beans, Lentils
  • Pancakes and Syrup
  • Salt and Pepper, Spices and Herbs
  • Diapers (smaller sizes)
  • Paper Goods (Kleenex, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper)

All items are welcome, but we respectfully request no canned beans and no mac and cheese as we have a surplus of these items.