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Food pantries in Franklin County Illinois.

The Franklin County Illinois food pantries are open limited hours, however every effort is made to feed the working poor or families in an emergency. It is recommended to call in advance for the application process, however they usually require proof of income, residency, and more. When qualified, free canned or fresh food, groceries, Christmas or Thanksgiving meals, and other services are offered.

Residents across cities such as Benton, Thompsonville, and others can stop by for help. Volunteers will try to provide a few day supply of food. Or if the client needs other assistance, such as clothing, hygiene or household supplies, or other goods, those will be arranged. When one of the food pantries can't meet the request, then the volunteers will refer to person to other resources. This may be SNAP food stamps, clothing closets, or some other program in Franklin County.

Benton Township
Main address: 104 N. 10th Street
Benton, Illinois 62812
Dial (618) 439-3181 for hours.
This is only for struggling residents of the town. People can use the food bank at most once per month. Or staff from the town can provide intake to WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, SNAP food stamps, and other benefits.

Benton/West City Ministerial Alliance
320 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812
Dial (618) 927-6270
The church operates both a food pantry and clothing closet. What may be offered includes free grocery boxes, clothes for work or school, Christmas toys, and more. Meals, limited financial aid, and other resources are also arranged.

Grace Baptist Fellowship
5665 State Highway 37 South
Benton, Illinois 62812
(618) 923-4180





Ministry for the Broken Hearted Food Pantry
Address: 103 W. Market Street
Christopher, Illinois 62822
(618) 927-0202
The hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m on the first, second and fourth Thursdays with some availability one Friday per month.

Crosswalk Community Action Agency
410 W. Main Street
West Frankfort, Illinois 62896
Telephone number of the non-profit (618) 937-3581
They offer boxed and canned food, meat, fruits, and more as donations allow. Other resources range from grants to job placement or information on free school lunch programs. Find more community action agencies in Illinois.

Community of Christ Church
3663 Chestnut Street
Thompsonville, IL 62890
(618) 923-1094
Franklin County residents can be given soup, pasta and sauce, baby formula, and more. All races, ages, and religions, including single parents or immigrants, can get help.




Whittington Church
200 E. Main Street
Whittington, IL 62897
Main phone - (618) 629-2423
Programs include a thrift store, clothing closet, and free food bank.

For more details, dial 314.292.6262. As Franklin County Illinois residents, seniors, and the disabled can apply for other emergency food assistance programs or stop by a soup kitchen for a meal.


By Jon McNamara

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