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.

Give Online

Donate securely online (please add “Friendship Pet Food Pantry” in the comment field).

Or, send a check with “Friendship Pet Food Pantry” in the memo line to:

The Friendship Center
3448 West Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

The Friendship Pet Food Pantry is a program of The Friendship Center, a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

Become a Friend of FP2! Donate $25 or more, and we’ll feature your favorite pet in our Best Friends Pet Gallery.


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
Food and supplies can be dropped off at the Lincoln Square Friendship Center 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.).

A number of area stores have collection bins for food donations — please visit and support these local businesses.

Donation are also accepted at Alderman Ameya Pawar’s 47th Ward Office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Pet Food Drives
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, and with local businesses that will place a donation bin or coin donation box in their store.

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


Volunteer 

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

Distribution Day
Help distribute pet food at the Lincoln Square Friendship Center | Learn more

Bin Coordinators
Take charge of a donation bin or coin box at a local store | Learn more

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

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

Pet Food Deliveries
Pick up and deliver pet food donations, or help unload deliveries | Learn more