Give Food

Hunger isn’t primarily a supply problem.

Hunger is a distribution problem.

Unlike in developing countries where food supplies are limited, in the United States we actually have plenty of food to go around—but it can be tricky to get it to the people who need it. The key to solving hunger is sharing our resources with one another.

We share 18 tons of food every month with people right here in our community. Where does it all come from?

  • The Northern Illinois Food Bank. Retailers, farmers, businesses, the federal government, and manufacturers donate products to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The Food Bank delivers those goods to vetted organizations, like Luke 3:11 Share Center, who then distribute it to people in their communities.
  • Local grocery stores. We partner with Jewel (in Antioch, Grayslake, and Volo), Aldi (in Volo), Costco (in Mettawa), Walmart (in Round Lake Beach), Meijer (in Round Lake Beach), and Target (in Gurnee), who generously donate food that’s unlikely to sell, but that’s nevertheless perfectly fine to eat. (Think dented cereal boxes and slightly bruised apples.)
  • Businesses and churches. In addition to donating money, many local businesses and churches run ongoing food drives to support our pantry.
  • Individuals, just like you, who feel inspired to help their neighbors.

Donation Guidelines

Admittedly, we’re a bit picky about the donations we accept. But that’s for a good reason: We want to send our guests home with nutritious food we’d be willing to feed our own families.

We welcome the following items—unopened and not expired:

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Canned, boxed, and bagged non-perishables.

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Individually packaged convenience/snack foods. (Please avoid donating value-size packages.)

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Fresh produce that's not rotten or moldy.

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Refrigerated and frozen foods, including eggs and other dairy products.

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Fresh and frozen beef, pork, and chicken. (No deer meat, please.)

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Personal care items, such as shampoo, toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products.

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Paper products, especially toilet paper.

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Cleaning supplies, especially laundry soap.

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Money and grocery store gift cards.

Please note we are not currently accepting clothing and furniture donations.

Common Questions

Where and when can I drop off my donation?

You’re welcome to drop off donations at the pantry during our regular open hours:

37510 N Fairfield Rd.
Lake Villa, IL 60046

Every Tuesday, 1-3 pm
Second and fourth Fridays, 1-3 pm

Can I repackage food I already have?

We are unable to accept repackaged food. So, for example, Costco-sized chicken breasts cannot be repacked into individual servings. 

Do you accept other things, like clothing or furniture?

We’re unable to accept clothing and furniture donations at this time. 

I own a grocery store, restaurant, or other food source. How can I partner with you?

How exciting! We’d love to talk. Please email us at volunteer@luke311sharecenter.org or call/text 224-338-LUKE.

Can I donate...

If you have something to donate that you don’t see on the list above, please contact us first.

Email: appointments@luke311sharecenter.org
Call/text: 224-338-LUKE

Can I get a receipt?

We’re happy to provide receipts for all donations.

When people don’t have the resources to provide food for their family, they’re left feeling worried and embarrassed. At Luke 3:11 Share Center, we offer a simple, dignified process so people can provide nutritious food their family will enjoy.

Contact Us

37510 N Fairfield Rd.
Lake Villa, IL 60046

224-338-LUKE (5853)

info@luke311sharecenter.org 

Download our FREE DIY Food Drive Kit

This kit has everything you need to run a successful food drive. From printable door hangers, a food drive planner, printable flyers, and more! 

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