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The Giving Point

* PLEASE NOTE - the Food Pantry will be closed on Nov 29th *

Who we are...

We are a non-profit food pantry that is open to all who are hungry. 100% of all non-perishables and cash donations are used to feed the hungry. Welcoming the communities of Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Beach Park, Wadsworth, Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha, and beyond.


LOCATION:

Located at 900 Lewis Ave in Winthrop Harbor, IL


HOURS:

Open most Mondays (excluding holidays) from 1:30-6pm.

After 6pm, there is a mini pantry located in the parking lot. This is for one or two emergency meals. It is not intended to replace the Monday distribution.


If you are without any food any other time, please call 847-746-5524 between 9-3 Tuesday - Thursday for an emergency box. This is not intended to replace the Monday distribution.


DOCUMENTATION:

For your first visit, please bring a photo ID along with a piece of mail with your current address on it.


VOLUNTEERS:

For volunteer opportunities for you or your group, please contact Tom by:


DONATIONS:

Non-perishable food items are always appreciated, and may be dropped off at the building. Please call 847-746-5524 to arrange a time.


For financial donations, you can:

  • click HERE to donate online
  • make out a check to The Point, with "Giving Point" in the memo, and either drop that off at the church or pantry, or mail to: The Point, 900 Lewis Ave, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096. Tax receipts available upon request.


Who we were...

In 1993 the first families, about 10 per week, were served out of a storage closet in the church building.


Eight years later, the need for food was so great that the pantry partnered with Northern Illinois Food Bank. For the next several years the distribution moved from the foyer to the auditorium and was serving between 150 - 200 families every 2 weeks.


In the spring of 2018 it was obvious that the need in the community was growing and the church space was being taken over by the food that was needed to feed these families. Plans were drawn up and funds were raised to build a 4000 square foot building on the property.


The second Monday of September, 2019, the volunteers of The Giving Point served their first clients in the new building. Prior to the pandemic, approximately 230 families came to “self shop” each week. The need for social distancing and new state regulations brought a whole new challenge to food distribution. Volunteers were up for the challenge.


The Giving Point is currently serving over 400 families per week with prepackaged boxes and items that are picked up daily from local stores. Partnerships with other local agencies have also allowed distribution of hygiene products and diapers.


The vision of The Giving Point is for no-one in our community to be hungry.

The mission and hope of the Giving Point is reaching out into our neighborhoods by providing nutritious meals to those in need.