Founded in 2011, Food For Greater Elgin (FFGE) is the largest client-choice food pantry in Elgin, South Elgin, East Dundee, and West Dundee. Our goal is to combat food insecurity in the most effective and supportive ways possible by giving our community the resources it needs.
Every week, Food For Greater Elgin hosts five distribution times where clients can select fresh, nutritious food in a client-choice pantry. This style of food distribution has been proven to lower waste while preserving the dignity of clients.
Our Community Resource Center also works to provide our clients with the resources they need to identify the root causes of food insecurity.
With collaboration from other organizations and businesses, FFGE helps provide stability and peace-of-mind to more than 1,200 households every month, totaling almost 6,000 individuals, of whom nearly half are children.
The Food For Greater Elgin Pantry is open five times every week, offering both weekend and evening shifts for our clients’ convenience. Shoppers can receive food twice monthly, and may choose from a variety of products, including: meat, fresh produce, dairy, deli, and shelf-stable items, and are assisted by volunteers during the shopping process.