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Location:               1713 S Ashland Ave    Hours:                        12-4pm mon-fri

(312) 413-4296  UIHEALTHpilsenfood


UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry strives to serve vulnerable Chicagoans through reducing food insecurity. We aim to address health and social outcomes through the direct distribution of high quality and culturally-appropriate foods.


Evelyn Figueroa, a family doctor at the University of Illinois since 2005, was inspired to create the Pilsen Food Pantry at UIC in 2017 after learning about a successful food-medical partnership at the University of California at San Diego.

She partnered with the UI Health Pilsen Lower West Family Health Center, Trader Joe's, and others interested in addressing food insecurity in order to build a food pantry that was attached to a medical clinic. The food pantry opened Tuesday, 1/2/18 and is staffed 100% by volunteers that include medical students, family medicine residents, UI Health Volunteer Services, and community members.

Foods available at the Pilsen Food Pantry include culturally-sensitive perishable and non-perishable foods, including fruits and vegetables. In addition, a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) office is co-located to help connect patrons to WIC and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Medicaid application assistance is also available from the UI Health Pilsen Lower West Family Health Center medical staff.

Although some foods might be provided free of cost/at low cost by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, many stock items are purchased at wholesale prices. For example, your $10 donation will support 7 balanced meals for our clients. All donations towards the food pantry go directly into operational costs; all labor is donated.

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The food pantry hours are 12-4pm Monday through Friday (except national holidays). Arrangements to pick up food may be made during morning hours with advanced notice. All local residents are welcome.

Future plans for the UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry include food delivery and tracking of social and health outcomes (eg, days missed from work, hypertension control, diabetes control, weight). Please let us know if you/your organization would like to contribute to our pantry by emailing