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Champaign County food banks and pantries.

Anywhere from a few days worth of free food or more can be provided by pantries in Champaign County. The short term, emergency assistance is usually combined with other long term support. Case managers from the non-profits that operate the centers can also refer families to SNAP food stamps, vouchers for baby formula from WIC, and more.

The ability to visit a food pantry is usually limited. They may only allow monthly or quarterly visits, so the terms and conditions vary by each location. However, in a crisis, the Champaign Illinois food bank locations will try to help anyone that needs it and not turn anyone away. Whether it is a free hot meal at a holiday or box of groceries, the primary locations are below.

Grace Lutheran Church
Address: 313 S. Prospect Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Main telephone - (217) 356-6232

Newman Shares! Food Pantry
604 E. Armory Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61820
(217) 255-6629
This free food pantry is only for students that are in either at Parkland College or the University of Illinois.

Restoration Urban Ministries
1213 Parkland Court
Champaign, IL 61821
(217) 355-2662

Salvation Army of Champaign County
Location - 2212 N. Market Street - Red Shield Center
Champaign, Illinois 61822
Phone - (217) 373-7832
A food bank is available one time per month. Case managers can also help families find prescription vouchers, apply for rent help and more. The non-profit also services Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and passes out gifts.




Holy Cross Catholic Church
405 W. Clark Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone - (217) 352-8748
Volunteers from the church help the working poor. Senior citizens in Champaign County may also sign up for Meals on Wheels / home delivery.

University Place Christian Church - Open Door Program
403 S. Wright Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
(217) 352-5118

Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College
2400 W. Bradley Avenue S Building
Champaign, IL 61822
(217) 344-1120
Students, teachers, and children can get emergency, free food.

Mahomet Helping Hands
Address - 203 E. Adams Street
Mahomet, Illinois 61853
Phone: (217) 586-3392
Both clothing as well as free food, such as canned goods, fruits, and vegetables may be offered one day per month.

Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County
Address - 520 E. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1
Rantoul, IL 61866
For information/application, dial (217) 893-1530
Emergency food (fruits, baby formula, non-perishable) as well as applications to SNAP food stamps are offered.

Sadorus Community Food Pantry
Market Street
Sadorus, IL 61872
(217) 598-2394





Cultivadores Latino Center - Urbana Office
2502 S. Race Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 344-5455
While a focus of the programs are on feeding Latinos and immigrants, other low income residents can get free food from the pantry. There is also transportation, information on housing, and more.

St. Patrick's Church Parish Office
Address - 708 W. Main Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Telephone: (217) 367-2665
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are also served to the working poor.

Stone Creek Church
2502 S. Race Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 344-5455

Vineyard Food Pantry
1802 N. Lincoln Avenue Hope Center
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Call (217) 384-3076
Groceries, hot meals, Thanksgiving holiday baskets, and a snack pack programs is for children from low income families.




Wesley Evening Food Pantry
Address: 1203 W. Green Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Main phone - (217) 344-1120
The pantry has breads, meat, produce, and also non-perishable food.

For more information on other pantries in Champaign dial 217.522.4022. Families can also learn about other places to get food, whether it is a government programs such as SNAP food stamps, surplus USDA commodities, or school meals for children.


By Jon McNamara

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