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DC Pantry... the generosity of the DCLE!


What We Do...

By meeting immediate physical needs of food and household items, the DC Pantry provides people with a connection to a community of support and an on-ramp to a transformational process toward self-sufficiency.

Recent Rebranding:

The HOPE Food Pantry was launched in 1990 by a dozen local churches to provide food, clothing, and shelter to those in need in the Lake Elsinore area.

Over the years, HOPE has been a mainstay of support as well as a place of partnership and service for those with the desire to make a difference.

In 2017, HOPE became a subsidiary of the Dream Center Lake Elsinore in an effort to continue the legacy of this vital ministry in our community.

Looking to the future, we are re-branding HOPE to DC Pantry in
an effort to clarify the connectedness to the Dream Center as we endeavor to deepen & expand the overall impact.

The DC Pantry proudly serves the residents of Lake Elsinore and surrounding communities that lie within the boundaries of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District (LEUSD). LEUSD covers more than 144 square miles and serves K-12 students in the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and Wildomar, and several unincorporated Riverside County communities, including Lakeland Village and Horsethief Canyon.

Physical Location: 506 West Minthorn Street 

                                  Lake Elsinore, CA 92530 

Mailing Address: 114 East Peck Street

                              Lake Elsinore, CA 92530


To contact the pantry directly, call (951) 245-7510 or email

The DC Pantry is open to the public to provide food & other resources on:

9:00 am-12 noon: Tuesday

9:00 am-12 noon: Wednesday

9:00 am-12 noon: Thursday

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If you're interested in volunteering, we would love to have you join the team!


To start volunteering please come to our Volunteer Orientation:

When: Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 12:30-2:00 pm

Where: DC Headquarters: 114 East Peck St., Lake Elsinore 92530


If you have questions or for more information, please contact Mel, our volunteer coordinator, here or at (951) 579-4280 

Most Needed Non-Food Items:


  • Shampoo/Conditioner

  • Body Wash (Men & Women)

  • Bar Soap

  • Body Lotion 

  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush 

  • Razors (Men & Women)

  • Q-Tips 

  • Toilet Paper/Paper Towels 

  • Diapers (All sizes)

  • Baby Wipes 

  • Adult Depends (All sizes)

  • Adult wipes

  • Feminine Hygiene products

  • Laundry Detergent/Laundry Softener

  • Trash Bags (13 gal)

  • Towels/Wash Cloths

  • Brush/Comb

  • Can Openers

  • New or Gently-used Clothes 


Most Needed Food Items:


  • Chili

  • Mac N’ Cheese

  • Top Ramen/Cup-O-Soup

  • Boxed Meals

  • Hot Cereal & Boxed Cereal

  • Peanut Butter/Jelly

  • Soup (All Kinds)

  • Canned Meat (Spam, Chicken, Etc.)

  • Crackers & Cookies

  • Granola Bars

  • Canned Corn

  • Canned Greens

  • Canned Pasta (Spaghetti O’s, Ravioli, Etc.)


***No Glass Containers Please***

Other food as well as fresh produce is also welcomed!

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