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Food Pantry

Holy Family
Food Pantry

The Holy Family Food Pantry began more than 20 years ago as a parish outreach in response to a growing need to accompany under-nourished families. Today, they continue this ministry as a direct response to the gospel call to imitate the life of Christ.


Once a month, families are invited to visit the Food Pantry on Tuesdays and Wednesday from 10 AM to 1 PM to receive food and clothing. Their ministry offers clients opportunities to become more self-sufficient by providing assessments and referrals to other service agencies. We also assist families in registering for government benefits.

Community Outreach

Sister Peggy and the Holy Family Food Pantry has actively partnered with the Roberti Community House in weekly outreach efforts to Waukegan’s homeless. Every Monday they load the truck with hot coffee, sandwiches prepared by moms at the RCH, and snacks donated by students at St. Mary’s school in Lake Forest and then travel throughout the area where they find so many people waiting for them. In addition to providing information about helpful community resources, the outreach program brings enormous comfort and support to the area’s population.  


Support the Food Pantry

The Food Pantry and the Roberti Community House needs our help to continue this outreach effort to support those in need. There are many ways to support these wonderful causes. Monetary and food donations are always appreciated or consider volunteering your time.


Please visit the Holy Family Food Pantry's website for more information or click here to make a monetary donation through Give Central.  


Please visit the Robert Community House website for more information on their services.  You can make a donation to the Roberti Community House by clicking here or apply to volunteer your time by completing an online application.


Volunteer opportunities at the Holy Family Food Pantry take place every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Volunteer Orientation is the first Monday of every month from 1:30pm-3:00pm; and the third Thursday of every month from 9:30-11:00am. Training is mandatory prior to volunteering.  For training please contact Sister Peggy Ryan by telephone at 847-623-2112 or by e-mail at


Two to four volunteers are needed to assist during the hours that the food pantry is open to the public.  The pantry is located at 912 8th Street in Waukegan. Volunteer positions are as follows:


  • Greeter: Greets clients as they enter and hands out number to each.

  • Info locater: Locates client’s information on the computer. Calls clients into interviewer by number.

  • Interviewer: Assists client in completing required paperwork and fills out information needed for completing client’s food order.

  • Food bagger: Fills bags with food based on food order sheet and gives bags to clients.

  • Stocker: Pulls items from top shelves and restocks shelves as necessary.

  • Clothing Room: Assists as needed in clothing room. 

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