Founded in 2011, Food For Greater Elgin (FFGE) is the largest client-choice food pantry in our service area of Elgin, South Elgin and East Dundee. Food For Greater Elgin strives to combat food insecurity in the most effective, efficient, and supportive ways. By employing a holistic approach to fighting hunger, FFGE’s services include five weekly client-choice food distributions to provide fresh, plentiful, nutritious food that clients select themselves. In addition, the FFGE Community Resource Center is designed to connect individuals to additional resources to help clients address underlying root causes contributing to food insecurity. Through collaboration with other organizations and businesses, and its own practice of providing an abundance of healthy food, FFGE currently provides stability and promotion of independence to more than 1,200 households per month, equating to nearly 6,000 individuals, of whom nearly half are children.
Full Service Food Pantry
FFGE offers our clients five weekly client-choice food distributions, including evenings and weekend shifts. Clients may receive food twice during a calendar month. Our clients, equipped with grocery carts, choose from a variety of products including meat, fresh produce, dairy, deli and shelf-stable items. Volunteers assist clients during food distributions. Client-choice has a proven record of lower food waste and preserves the dignity of clients.