The Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry was started in 1982 by a small group from an area church (Church of the Holy Apostles) and local volunteers who wanted to provide a safety net for families who “fall through the cracks” and assist local families in needy times. It stared in a vacant storefront in the Wauconda Shopping Center on Route 176, but grew and was relocated to the Community Activity Center on Main Street. In 2010, the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry moved to its current location on Bonner Road, behind the Wauconda Township offices. It is an independent food pantry, and has no affiliation with government or other agencies.
The Food Pantry currently has over forty volunteers, and operates as a registered 501(c) organization. In 2013, the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry served an average of 248 families per month and an average of 778 individuals in the Wauconda/Island Lake area.