Downers Grove Area FISH Food Pantry

The FISH is an early Christian symbol.

The letters, which form the Greek word for fish, Icthus, are the initials in Greek of "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour."

What is FISH?

FISH is the name of an all volunteer ecumenical organization of Christian lay people and friends who are ministering to the material needs of our community.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40 "as you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it unto me."  FISH welcomes volunteers who have a deep concern for the needs of our community.


Emphasis on "Social Services"

FISH offers a variety of social services to anyone who requests help.  FISH does not intend to replace the work of church, philanthropic, or governmental agencies, which administer long-range programs.  FISH attempts to supplement the work of these agencies.

Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

FISH maintains a free food pantry and clothes closet in the basement of the Downers Grove Township building at 4340 Prince Street in Downers Grove (Google+).  Generous contributions from our communities allow FISH to serve many individuals and families each month.  Our normal hours are Monday and Friday mornings from 9:00 AM to 11:15 AM.  Donations of food and clothes are accepted during these hours or a pick up by our FISH van can be scheduled.


Neighborly Services

On an emergency need basis, FISH is able to provide local transportation assistance through volunteer drivers to doctor and dental appointments, and therapy.  FISH is able to provide limited financial assistance for utility bills (except phone), housing, and car repairs.  FISH cooperates with other agencies for referrals.  FISH offers an intercessory prayer network for our volunteers and others in the community.

Statement of Purpose

To witness for Christ in our community as Christians by rendering social services to persons who request the same, regardless of their race, color, creed, or economic status, so that the world may see that we, as Christians, do care and are willing to become involved when others need help in living testimony to the fact that God, through Christ, is active in the world, to the end that His light may shine ever brighter in our community.