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How to Help

There are many ways you can help support the North Dearborn Pantry.

Volunteer Positions:

Box Truck Driver - As a box truck driver, you pick up product at local businesses that have generously donated to the pantry. No CDL is required.

Monthly Volunteers - Sign-up to work during normal Pantry hours and help distribute food to patrons, stock shelves, and help with general operations.

Donate Through Rewards Programs at No Cost to You!

Kroger Community Rewards - Each time you use your Kroger Plus card, Kroger will donate to the Pantry! Go online to and register your Kroger Plus card. Link it to the North Dearborn Pantry, Inc. with NPO number 82532. After you register your rewards card, check the bottom of your receipt to verify that you are linked to the North Dearborn Pantry, Inc.

AmazonSmile - Register your Amazon account for AmazonSmile and the pantry will receive a donation each time you shop! Visit for more details and to sign up.

Remke Caring Neighbor Program - Remke will donate up to 2% to the North Dearborn Pantry for every purchase made when you use your Remke Rewards card. Here’s How!

Follow these easy step:

1 Sign in to your Remke Reward account.

2 Go to My Account in the top right corner of the page

3 Choose North Dearborn Pantry, Inc. from the drop-down box toward the bottom of the page.


If you are an extreme couponer, we would love to have your help. Either shop with your coupons and drop off donations or drop off your coupons and we’ll do the shopping! We are a 501(3)c tax deduction charity. You will receive a receipt upon request for your donations.

Organize a Food Drive!

Food drives play an important role in North Dearborn Pantry’s mission to alleviate hunger in our area. Schools, businesses, youth groups, service organizations, theater and arts groups, places of worship, neighborhood groups, and groups of friends and families have all conducted successful food drives to benefit people at risk of hunger, and so can you!

Tips for a Successful Food Drive

Plan Ahead

-Get other people, particularly senior management, administrators, organization officers, teachers, friends and/or neighbors committed to the drive.

-Choose a theme or name for your drive (for example: “Tons of Tuna,” “Oodles of Noodles,” “Halloween Trick or Trunk”).

-Set a goal for how many pounds of food, how many cans or the dollar amount you will collect.

Promote the Drive

-Schedule a fun kick-off event.

-Educate your group about the issue of hunger.

-Decorate a container to hold donated food.

-Place posters and flyers in highly visible places.

-Distribute memos or send letters to parents, neighbors, area businesses, etc. Include flyers with employee paychecks.

-Set up a collection schedule to collect certain types of food on specific days or during designated weeks.

-Provide each person with a bag to fill with food. Issue reminders throughout the drive.

Make it Fun

-Encourage friendly competition between departments, offices, classes, etc.

-Challenge a rival company or school. Conduct a raffle for prizes.

-Offer incentives such as stickers, pins and office dress-down days.

-Reward groups and individuals who collect the most food.

Thank the Participants

-Certificates of appreciation, thank you cards or letters.

-Throw a party to celebrate your successful food drive.

What to Donate:

Please only collect non-perishable items.

Food Items Most Needed:

100% Fruit Juice (cans / bottles / boxes), canned vegetables & fruit, chunky soups & beef stew, macaroni & cheese, jelly, shelf stable milk, kids cereal, rice, dry & canned beans, spaghetti & sauce, “sugar free,” “low sodium” & “no salt” items, tuna & other canned meat.

Personal care items most needed:

Toilet paper, paper plates, paper towels, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, diapers, detergent, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, towels, kitchen towels and hairbrushes.