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DeKalb County Illinois food pantries.

Whether it is a free, emergency box of food or information on local assistance programs, a food pantry in DeKalb County may be able to help. The centers, which are located throughout the region, assist everyone from senior citizens to the disabled, children, and underemployed.

While the focus of a pantry is on offering food, there may be other services available as well. The case managers at the centers can refer clients to everything from soup kitchens to housing or financial aid. Another service in high demand is always on applying for public aid, and this is where a pantry can offer information on SNAP food stamps and more.

DeKalb County food banks may also help meet other basic needs. Whether it is an article of clothing or free Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, other resources are available. Or make an inquiry into school programs, diapers, and hygiene items.

Country Store
Address is 621 E. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Call (815) 756-2378
The organization has a thrift store - resale shop. There may be clothing, furniture, Christmas toys, and more. A pantry is also available, and programs are run in partnership with the Family Service Agency Guild.

Foursquare Gospel Church
301 S. Sycamore St.
Genoa, IL
The charity can be reached at (815) 784-5427

The Salvation Army
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
(815) 756-4935
Services range from a clothing closet, food pantry, and soup kitchen in DeKalb County. There may also be Christmas meals as well as toys for children from low income households. Or case managers will help clients apply for housing or government food programs.




DeKalb Area Food Pantry
830 Grove St.
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
(815) 756-4308
The location is only open until 11:45. Groceries, canned goods, and other non-perishable food may be offered in DeKalb County.

St. Paul's UCC
The location is Corner of McKinley & View
Hinckley, Illinois
Call (815) 286-3391
An emergency box of food is available once per month.

1st Lutheran Church
510 W. South St.
Kirkland, IL
(815) 522-3886
Groceries, fresh foods, surplus clothing or school supplies, and more is for DeKalb County residents.

Sandwich Our Sharing Pantry - Fox Valley Older Adults Center
1406 Suydam Rd.
Sandwich, IL
For hours, dial (815) 786-9404
In addition to the food bank, they also run a Meals on Wheels service. Or inquire into USDA commodities, brown bag lunches for senior citizens, and other support.

United Methodist Church
Address is 160 Johnson Ave.
Sycamore, Illinois
Phone number is (815) 895-9113





Voluntary Action Center - MedVAC
Location is 1606 Bethany Road
Sycamore, IL 60178
(815) 758-3932
Volunteers cook and deliver Meals on Wheels to the homebound, seniors, and disabled. There are even often holiday meals served.

Grace Place/Campus Ministries Church
401 Normal Road
DeKalb, IL
(815) 815-501-5298
This food bank is for struggling NIU students only.

DeKalb County Department of Human Services
Address is 2245 Gateway Dr.
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Phone - (815) 756-4805
This is where very low income and underemployed families can turn to. Programs include applications to food stamps, vouchers from WIC, TANF cash aid, and more.

For additional referrals or locations to food pantries, dial 217.522.4022. Case workers can also help people apply for Commodity Supplemental Food Program, school lunches, and other social services.




By Jon McNamara

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