Mural & Art Gallery Grand Reveal

Aurora Food Pantry has been blessed by the arts community this winter ❄️ Local artist, Fisk Garcia, painted a mural inside of our market that was in dire need of color. VizoArts, a nonprofit supporting the arts, donated a permanent art gallery installation in our Kidz Korner. We invite you to join us in satisfying another kind of hunger – that of the soul. Here at the Aurora Food Pantry, we aren’t just feeding people, we’re feeding souls.

End Hunger Zumbathon

Please join us on Saturday, January 25th from 12 until 2pm for our End Hunger Zumbathon! Marely Morales is generously donating her time, talent and energy to host Zumba for 2 hours to help sustain our community market 💛 $40 donation to participate, 13+ are $20, kids 12 and under are welcome to join us for free in our Kidz Korner. We hope to see you there 💪🏼 

Check out the video below for a preview of her zumba style!

Pack the Pantry


Do you love art or are you an artist? If These Walls Could Talk on Stolp Ave in Downtown Aurora is hosting their annual Pack the Pantry event.

You can bid on beautiful works of art made and donated by local artists to benefit the Aurora Food Pantry! Artists were challenged to incorporate a brown paper bag into their masterpieces.

We’re still in need of artists to create pieces to help end local hunger. Please contact Tim or Jennifer at for more details.

Bids start at $25!

This is all goin’ down on December 6th from 6PM-10PM
during Downtown Aurora’s First Fridays at If These Walls Could Talk – Custom Framing and Gallery! 32 S. Stolp Ave, Aurora IL 60506

Pack the Pantry

Cocoa Crawl at Wyckwood House

Join us at December’s First Friday for Aurora Downtown’s second annual Cocoa Crawl! The Aurora Food Pantry will have hot cocoa at Wyckwood House from 6-9pm. Stop by and warm up with Shannon and the Pantry Crew! Our friends at Compact Foods generously donated Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate. YUMMM!!!

Cocoa Crawl buttons and mugs are now sold out! If you have a mug and a button, then you’re golden and we’ll see you on Dec. 6.

First Fridays is art, music, and cocoa in December. Even if you didn’t get a mug and button, you can still enjoy First Fridays on Dec. 6 with art, music, and more at 40 locations in downtown Aurora.

Mugs and buttons are only needed for the Cocoa Crawl portion of the event. First Fridays is free and open to all!

The City of Aurora offers free trolley rides during First Fridays. Trolley rides are compliments of Aurora Downtown and stop approx. every 15 to 20 minutes at stops. 6 to 10 p.m.

These are the trolley stops:

1) GAR Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl.

2) Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway (rear lot)

3) Restaurant Row on New York St. @ River St.

4) Santori Library (on Benton St.)

5) SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St.

Giving Tuesday

There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now…Giving Tuesday. We are proud to be a part of this national movement to kick off the giving season. Check back for updates on how you can help make Giving Tuesday 2019 the best year ever!

It’s easy to get involved on December 3:

  1. Donate via our #ILGIVE site. Your donation will be put right to work providing food for families in our community.
  2. Help us get the word out. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share our #GivingTuesday posts with your friends and family.
  3. Give back by volunteering. It takes nearly 120 volunteers each week to serve the 1,000 families that visit the pantry. Visit our volunteering page to learn how you can get involved.

Thank you for your generosity!

Veterans Food Pantry

12:00PM to 2:00PM

1110 Jericho Road, Aurora IL 60506

Hunger can affect anyone, including our nation’s veterans. According to the National Veterans Foundation, 1.5 million veterans live in poverty.
To combat this situation, Aurora Food Pantry has partnered with the Fox Valley Marine Corps League to increase outreach to veterans in our community.

On Friday, November 8, we will be hosting a special food distribution for veterans at Aurora Food Pantry (1110 Jericho Rd. in Aurora). Please come to the Pantry with proof of service to celebrate the Marine Corps 244th birthday, receive a gift of food and meet other local veterans!

Read about the 2017 Veterans Pantry in our Spring Newsletter!

Learn more about our weekly food distributions here.

12th Annual Holiday Food Drive

November 1 – November 27, 2019
For 12 years, the Holiday Food Drive has provided food to struggling families in our community. You can help ensure that no family goes hungry during the holidays.

Here are three ways to get involved:

1. Donate Food: Pre-packed bags of food can be purchased from November 1 – 27 at:

    • Prisco’s Family Market: 1108 Prairie St. Aurora, IL
    • Cermak Fresh Market: 1250 N. Lake St. Aurora, IL
    • Food Market La Chiquita: 1525 Douglas Rd. Montgomery, IL

2. Donate Funds: Every $100 you donate provides $700 worth of food. You may send a check (payable to “Aurora Food Pantry”to PO Box 2602, Aurora, IL 60507. Please note “Holiday Food Drive” in the memo line.

3. Volunteer: Help is needed handing out flyers and packing bags at participating grocery stores. It’s a great opportunity for students, groups, and families to get involved!

Sign up to volunteer here:

Thank you for providing a happy holiday season for everyone in our community!

12th Annual Holiday Food Drive is Sponsored By:

Dolan & Murphy

95.9 The River

The Beacon News

Gerald Subaru of Naperville

Aurora Fastprint

Ballydoyle Irish Pub

Douglas One Carpet

Cermak Fresh Market

Prisco’s Family Market

Food Market La Chiquita

Help us win $10,000!

Just a few clicks could mean a $10,000 donation for Aurora Food Pantry!

Visit this site and vote for Aurora Food Pantry to win a $10,000 donation from EarthMover Credit Union.

You can vote once a day through July 25th. Be sure to share this with your friends — the more votes the merrier!

Be sure to follow our Facebook page for updates — we’re going bananas over there!

Please note: You’ll need a Facebook account to participate. Please follow the directions to make sure your vote counts!