Feigenholtz celebrates Common Pantry construction kickoff

CHICAGO – To better serve residents across the Northcenter neighborhood, State Senator Sara Feigenholtz is celebrating the start of construction on a new building for the city’s longest-running food pantry, Common Pantry, which opened its doors in 1967.

“While the price of a carton of eggs and groceries are skyrocketing, Common Pantry is providing a lifeline for our neighbors,” said Feigenholtz (D-Chicago).

Together, Senator Feigenholtz and Representative Ann Williams secured $1.5 million in state funding for the purchase and renovation of Common Pantry’s new home. This storefront location will help Common Pantry grow to meet community needs and create space for additional social service programs.

“It’s important that our community knows they are not alone in the fight against food insecurity,” said Feigenholtz. “We are lucky to have Common Pantry as our community partner. They roll up their sleeves and do what it takes to care for neighbors in need. Simply put, they are good people committed to our community.”

Common Pantry has been distributing food and has grown from serving 386 families in 2021 to 650 families in 2022. The state grants that Feigenholtz secured will enable the nonprofit pantry to have a building of its own. The new location will be ADA-accessible for clients with disabilities and is closer to public transportation.

Construction on the new facility, located at 3900 North Lincoln Ave., began Friday. To learn more about the organization and the services they provide, visit CommonPantry.org.