Serving Our Community
FISH of McHenry Food Pantry is an all volunteer service organization offering food assistance to both families and individual adults who are residents living within the zip codes of 60050, 60051 and 60072. If you do not live within these zip codes, we will still be happy to serve you at least one time and refer you to a food pantry in your area. We are proud to be a Client Choice Food Pantry which means that clients are able to choose what they want rather than given a prepacked box or bag of food. Available are canned, boxed and dry foods, soaps, toiletries, paper products and other necessities. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please stop by to register during our regular hours.
No Appointment Necessary! Walk-ins are always welcome!
FISH of McHenry clients are allowed to receive food distributions once every 4 weeks. Clients are given a shopping list each visit of items that we try to continually keep in stock. Printable versions of these forms are listed below. They are then assisted by one of our volunteers and allowed to choose from a variety of groceries and household products while their order is being packed. Please feel free to call the pantry if you have any further questions.
How to Register to Receive Food Distributions:
Registration occurs on your first visit during our regular pantry hours. Please bring a photo ID and a current piece of mail (within the last 3 months) to verify your address. We only need a photo ID of the main applicant on file. Photo ID's are not required for other family members. The address on the photo ID does not need to match your current address.
To qualify for food assistance, a household’s gross monthly income must be within the guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Human Services Income Guidelines for their family size. Each client must sign the self-attestation of eligibility to receive federal commodities each time they visit the food pantry. Below are the IDHS Income Guidelines for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Please feel free to call the pantry if you have any questions regarding eligibility.
For Registration at FISH of McHenry please bring:
1. Photo ID (for Main Applicant in household only)
(Driver's License, Passport or Photo ID)
2. Proof of Residency (for Main Applicant only)
(current piece of mail within last 3 months)
(Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Rental Agreement/Lease)
Additional information for our files only:
Names & Birthdates of all members living in household.
Printable Client Shopping List (English)
Printable Client Shopping List (Spanish)
Printable Proxy Form FY19 (English)
Printable Proxy Form FY19 (Spanish)
If you or someone in your household is unable to come to the pantry to register or to pick up your food, another person can register you and/or pick up your food distribution on your behalf. That person must bring a completed proxy form along with your identification and a current piece of mail such as a utility bill (within the last 3 months). The proxy form is your authorizing signature. A new proxy form is required every time a food pick up is requested. Additional Proxy Forms and Pantry Order Forms are also available at the pantry.
Questions? Call us at 815.344.4717
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00am - 11:30 am
3rd Tuesday of each Month
4:30pm - 6:30pm
3515 N. Richmond Rd. (Rt. 31)
Behind the Moose Lodge and across from the
McHenry Township Senior Services Center
Need Food Stamps or (SNAP)?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the food stamp program, provides extra assistance to low-income
families and individuals in the way of purchasing nutritious foods. Please check the home page of this website to see when the next time a SNAP representative will be visiting the pantry to assist with registering and eligibility. You may also click on the Illinois Link Card above to apply online to see if you qualify.