Brief History –
The Friendship Center has successfully operated as a food pantry for more than 45 years providing food to its neighbors in need. It began as a very small program in the North Park Covenant Church in 1970 and continued to expand over the next three decades. The Friendship Center obtained its own nonprofit status in the 90’s and the North Park Friendship Center moved into its current store front space on Foster in 2005.
Recognizing the success of its food pantry program in the Albany Park and North Park neighborhoods, The Friendship Center expanded in September 2013 to serve other neighborhoods on the north side of Chicago. The Lincoln Square Friendship serves parts of the Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, and West Ridge neighborhoods where an estimated 5,500 people are food insecure.
Together these two locations make up the Friendship Center and provide free food, clothing, pet food, and household goods to their neighbors in need.