For over four decades, the Open Pantry at Bethany Lutheran Church has provided food, hygiene items and hope to more than 800 Lemont families.  We can’t continue to do it without you!  Drop off non-perishable, non-expired items at the church office Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30am-12:30pm.     

Each year community members donate an array of school supplies so that Lemont children in need can start off the year right! 

Bethany Lutheran Church Open Pantry "Wish List"


  • Canned Chicken

  • Canned Ham

  • Spam

  • Tuna Helper

  • Salad Dressing

  • Juice boxes

  • Tea Bags

  • Spices

  • Pancake mix

  • Coffee


*No- salt and gluten-free items are appreciated as some of the pantry clients have dietary restrictions. 


We have an abundance of canned vegetables, cereal, dried pasta, pasta sauce, canned vegetables, canned chili and canned pasta (Chef Boyardee, etc.)


Cleaning Products

  • All purpose cleaners 
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap





Personal Care Items

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Bar Soap

  • Women's hygiene products

  • Paper Towels

  • Toilet Tissue


The Open Pantry has a variety of volunteer opportunities including:


  • Shopping for groceries (funds provided)

  • Sorting donations

  • Receiving donations during off-hours

  • Inventory quality assurance (expiration date checkers)

  • Pantry shelf stockers

  • Publicity assistants (letter-writing to potential donors, short presentations to local organizations)

Just a few hours of your time each month will help the Open Pantry run smoothly. If you'd like more info or if you would like to volunteer, call Amy Padua at the church office (630-257-7953) OR complete the form below. 

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Make a Donation

Monetary donations are always welcome!  Individuals or groups can make tax-deductible contributions to the Open Pantry by mailing a check (made out to Bethany Lutheran Church, noting “Open Pantry” on the memo line) to Bethany Lutheran Church   500 Lemont Street  Lemont IL 60439.

If you are making a donation in honor of or in memory of an individual, please let us know.