How You Can Help

Your support matters — Friendship Pet Food Pantry is a volunteer-run program, and every dollar goes toward pet food and low-cost preventive medical care including spay/neuter programs.

In addition to donating online, there are other ways to help:

Donate Food 

We welcome sealed bags of dry dog and cat food as well as canned food (nearing expiration is fine). Other items we distribute include:

  • Cat litter
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Stainless steel bowls
  • Collars and leashes
  • Toys

Please make sure leashes, toys, etc., are clean and are in new/nearly new condition.

Drop-Off Locations

  • Lincoln Square Friendship Center (2711 West Lawrence Ave.) during pet food distribution hours (third Saturday of the month, 9-11 a.m.) or during Friendship Center food pantry hours (every Thursday, 3-7 p.m.).
  • Alderman Ameya Pawar’s 47th Ward Office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Hold a Pet Food Drive

Organize a food drive at your school, place of employment, or house of worship — we’ll help you get started! | Contact us

Become a Pet Pantry Partner

We’re looking to connect with pet stores and pet food distributors that will designate near-expiration/left-over food for FP2.

Contact us if you’re interested. We’ll handle pick-ups!


Want to help out for a morning or afternoon or get involved on a regular basis? Volunteer opportunities include:

Pet Food Pick-Up / Delivery
Pick up pet food donations from area suppliers, or help unload deliveries | Learn more & contact  

Community Outreach
Help spread the word about FP2’s services and donation needs | Learn more & contact

Fundraising & Communications
Organize fundraisers and help publicize events | Learn more & contact

Coin Box Coordinators
Take charge of a coin box at a local store | Learn more & contact

Distribution Day
Help distribute pet food at the Lincoln Square Friendship Center | Learn more & contact
*As of January 2019, we are fully staffed for distribution dates; we’ll post openings if they become available.