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HOPE Food Pantry... the generosity of the DCLE!


As we seek to see long-term transformation in our community and want to give a hand up instead of a handout, we recognize that people's immediate physical needs have to be met before deeper emotional and spiritual healing can happen. 


In 1990 a group of churches in Lake Elsinore banded together to do just this and formed HOPE (Helping Our People in Elsinore). HOPE has been meeting needs in our community ever since! 


HOPE became a ministry of The Dream Center in 2017. We're passionate about seeing the meeting of physical needs act as an "on-ramp" to relationship and community that leads towards self-sufficiency. 

The HOPE Food 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 Pantry is open to the public to provide food & resources on:

9:00am-12noon: Tuesday

9:00am-12noon: Wednesday

9:00am-12noon: Thursday

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If you're interested in volunteering, here are a few opportunities:


  • Mondays from 9am-Noon:

    • Our packing team makes up bags of food to go out to clients during the week.

    • Our cleaning team prepares the building for the clients the next day.

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 9am-Noon:

    • We are looking to fill consistent volunteer positions in:

    • The warehouse to guide clients through the food pick-up process.

    • The front office to intake and check-in clients and do simple data entry.


  • Fridays & Saturdays from 8am-11am:

    • Assist our drivers on their routes to pick-up and deliver food.

    • Assist with facility maintenance & improvement.


  • 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am-Noon:

    • Senior Delivery team delivers groceries to senior shut-ins.


To start volunteering please contact Mel, our volunteer coordinator, here or at (951) 816-9939


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!