PUTTING HEALTH ON THE PANTRY SHELF

This is a special year for us as we celebrate 35 years of serving our community, and because of support from people like you, Meals on Wheels Chicago has expanded programming and launched Nourish Chicago Pantry! This new program improves the quality of life and health of seniors in our community.

Upcoming Pantry Day

Tuesday, August 23rd
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Central West Senior Center
2102 W Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

Sadly, the cost of food, limited transportation to grocery stores, and a fixed income can limit a senior’s access to fresh produce and necessary items. Seniors living on a fixed income are often forced to choose between food, medicine, and housing. In response, Meals on Wheels Chicago has increased seniors’ access to fresh, nutrient-rich groceries. The Nourish Chicago Pantry operates on a client-choice model, much like a grocery store.

This model fosters dignity and provides a wide variety of choices that allows for autonomy as seniors select the food they enjoy while reducing food waste. The pantry stocks a variety of foods, with a focus on fresh produce, proteins, and shelf-stable items that follow monthly recipes or ethnic themes.

Nourish Chicago Pantry relies on the generosity of our corporate and individual donors and volunteers. If you or your company is interested in supporting the pantry, please donate here or contact Elise Geiger to discuss other opportunities.

Overheard at The Pantry

Here’s what seniors have told us at our pantry.

Pet Program

The Nourish Chicago Pantry also offers animal wellness packs for cats and dogs that include a supply of food, preventative medicine, and toys to help take care of the pets that are taking care of their senior owners. Items rotate monthly depending on availability, but the food is always included to provide a reliable source of pet food for senior owners.

Dog Pack

Dog Pack

Pets like Bello provide seniors companionship, routine, and joy!

Cat Pack

Cat Pack