Pack the Pantry Yom Kippur Food Drive

Yom Kippur, September 25 from 9:00 – 5:00 pm

More than 2,500 Jewish individuals and families rely on the Ark’s pantries in Chicago and Northbrook for access to kosher food, personal care products, and household essentials. Forty percent of the Ark’s pantry inventory is collected through donations during the High Holiday season. Drop off your donation in the Beth Emet parking lot on Yom Kippur, September 25. Below is a list of requested items. Please note all food donations must be certified kosher and have at least six months before expiration (after March 25, 2024). The Ark does not accept Del Monte or Kirkland canned vegetables. Please do not bring any items in glass containers. Foods that do not meet the ARK’s Kosher standards, such as non-Kosher organic foods, will be redistributed to one or more area food pantries.

Requested Items

Canned Goods

  • Bush’s or Heinz Vegetarian Baked Beans
  • Canned Tuna
  • Dole/Del Monte Peaches, Pineapple,
  • and Pears (regular and sugar-free)
  • Gefilte Fish
  • Goya Canned Beans
  • Green Giant Peas, Corn, and Green Beans
  • Manischewitz Canned Soup

Condiments and Sides

  • Applesauce
  • Barilla Pasta Sauce (meat-free)
  • Canola Oil, Vegetable Oil, and Olive Oil
  • Crackers (12/14 oz. boxes)
  • Honey
  • Hunt’s or Red Gold Tomato Sauce
  • Jif/Skippy Peanut Butter
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard


  • Cereal
  • Couscous
  • Quinoa
  • Pasta
  • Wacky Mac Mac & Cheese
  • White Rice

Household Products

  • Bath Tissue
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Facial Tissue
  • Paper Towels
  • Sponges
  • Sunscreen

Personal Care Products

  • Antiperspirant
  • Alcohol-Free Mouthwash
  • Baby Wipes
  • Children’s Diapers sizes 4, 5, 6
  • Full-sized Body Wash, Shampoo,
  • and Conditioner
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste (full-sized tubes)