Illinois free food banks.
Food banks, soup kitchens and free emergency food pantries provide Illinois families and residents with free or low cost canned goods, perishable food or groceries. Some of the pantries provide the food directly to people in need while other distribution centers partner with local churches, non-profits, soup kitchens, and other agencies in the area. Call a free food bank program in IL near you to get the specifics of the services and the resources they offer, and find a referral number at the bottom of the page to get more food assistance programs in IL.
The low-income, elderly and struggling have many options. Feeding America, the Illinois operation, is one of the leading non-profits that operates in the state and they partner with many of the pantries listed below. This organization works with hundreds of sites to provide over 100 million pounds of food, groceries, vegetables, meats, and dairy products to those in need.
Many locations listed below will also offer other resources, such as clothing, holiday toys, diapers, furniture and household products. Social workers can also help people apply for public aid too, both federal government and state of Illinois. These services and resources will be in addition to the food items that are distributed. While most of these extra items (such as clothing) are free for low income families, some may come with a nominal cost.
Free or low cost food can be obtained from contacting a location near to you. But that is not your only option. Many non-profit charity organizations, such as the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities, that may operate in your county may also have food assistance programs. Be sure to explore all possible options and organizations in your county. Or try the Illinois Hunger Coalition Prevention Hotline, a free statewide resources for referrals to assistance.
Local free food pantries in IL
Residents can find information, including addresses and phone numbers, of additional food banks and meal sites in Illinois. The distribution centers will have a number of resources available including fresh perishable food, emergency assistance, and even special programs such as Meals on Wheels and summer lunches for students. These centers are specific to the county or city and are in addition to the many locations below on this page.
Greater Chicago Food Depository is that largest Feeding America location in the state. The non-profit service area: Chicago and Cook County. Tens of thousands of families from the metro region use this center to meet their nutritional needs. There are also free diapers, mobile food pantries, and benefit out reach tears, including for SNAP food stamp applications and USDA food programs.
The Feeding America Food Bank in Chicago also has Meals on Wheels and holiday boxes, in partnership with charities, churches and small local food banks in the city. Or get the Nutrition Education program, information on using coupons or unit pricing to shop, cooking classes and more. The main site is at 4100 West Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632. Call 773.247.3663.
Central Illinois Foodbank address is 1937 E. Cook St., Springfield, IL 62703, Call 217.522.4022. They work with local charities and food pantries, and the service area is is Adams, Bond, Brown, Cass, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jefferson, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, and Marion County. They also provide free groceries, Health and Nution workshop, pet food and more in Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, and Shelby counties.
Eastern Illinois Foodbank - Service area: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Moultrie, Piatt, and Vermilion counties. The center partners with churches, senior centers, and pantries. Hot meals, canned goods, and more are distributed. The main site is at 2405 North Shore Drive, Urbana, IL 61802-7221.
Clients of the Eastern IL Feeding America food bank include single moms and the working poor. Children and elderly, or single moms looking for baby formula can get referrals too. Or learn about free, emergency mobile food pantries that are open daily. Call (217) 328-3663.
Northern Illinois Food Bank - 273 Dearborn Ct, Geneva, IL 60134. Phone number - (630) 443-6910. The service area includes: Boone, Dekalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will, and Winnebago counties. They have groceries, have cooking and wellness classes, and educational services.
The Food Banks also has special, free food or groceries for the nutritional needs of kids or low-income senior citizens. Or Summer Meal programs, emergency food pantries open today and daily, and other resources are offered.
Government Food Assistance from state of Illinois
The state also has various food assistance programs for low income, seniors, unemployed, and others. Options include WIC, food stamps, and baby formula. Learn more on public food assistance in Illinois.
Peoria Area Food Bank is at 721 W. McBean St., Peoria IL 61605. Dial (309) 671-3906. The service area is DeWitt, Fulton, Livingston, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodward counties.
River Bend Foodbank provides free food programs to several counties, including Bureau, Carroll, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jo Davies, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Warren, and Whiteside counties. The main address is 4010 Kimmel Drive, Davenport, IA 52802. Call 563.345.6490. Get access to a Kids Cafe, Mobile or School pantries, nutrition education, or health management and so much more.
Tri-State Food Bank, while based in IN, assists parts of Illinois. There is help for people in Alexander, Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Lawrence, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, and White County. There are of course food pantries and soup kitchens or apply for programs including The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, food stamps and others. The address is 2504 Lynch Road, Evansville, IN 47711. Call 812.425.0775.
St. Louis Area Foodbank is another multi-state Feeding America food bank - pantry program. Many services are offered, including USDA commodities for seniors and the elderly, including milk, eggs, cheese, bread and more as part of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. There are free snacks and backpackpack programs for kids that are full of groceries. Or get baby formula, ensure for the elderly and more.
Several IL counties are assisted, including Calhoun, Clinton, Franklin, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington, and Williamson County. The main address is 70 Corporate Woods Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Call 314.292.6262.
Wabash Area Development Inc Hamilton County
Address is 110 E Jefferson St, Mc Leansboro, IL 62859. Call (618) 643-2161
The non-profit has the W.A.D.I. - Food Bank.
Least of the Brethren
Location is 407 S Douglas St, Pinckneyville, IL 62274. Call (618) 357-9530
Free food, personal hygiene supplies, breads, canned items and more. The homeless can also get a free hot meal from the soup kitchen - in addition to the food bank.
Reformed Presbyterian Church
321 S Ervin St, Cutler, IL 62238. Call the pantry at 618-497-2489
Perry County Outreach Office
317 S Washington St, Du Quoin, IL 62832
Only local residents can get help. Emergency food or information on benefit programs, including cash aid, WIC, emergency food stamps and others.
Amboy First Baptist Food Pantry
24 N Mason Ave, Amboy, IL 61310. Call 815-857-2682
Canned goods, rice, breads, free food, and referrals are provided to Illinois families. Call for hours and intake.
Dixon Community Food Pantry
2001 W 4th St, Dixon, IL 61021. Call 815-288-4848
Groceries, boxes of food, fresh vegetables, breads, and healthy meals for seniors may be served.
First Baptist Congregational
1613 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60612. Dial the pantry at (312) 243-8047
St. James Food Bank
Main address 2907 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616. Call (312) 842-1919
In a crisis, call this non-profit pantry for assistance, including food, referrals, government commodities, WIC applications and more. This is a free food distribution center for local families or individuals in Chicago.
Beautiful Zion M.B. Church
1406 W 64th St, Chicago, IL 60636. Dial (773) 778-7271
Hot lunches, meals, and more are served. Elderly may receive food brought to their home.
Location 8700 S Emerald Ave, Chicago, IL 60620. Call (773) 651-8446
St. Philomena Church
Primary address is 1921 N Kedvale Ave, Chicago, IL 60639. Phone: (773) 772-9401
Hot meals, a feeding site, and perishable food items as well as canned groceries may be passed out to senior citizens and the working poor. The Chicago church also has free holiday meals, clothes for the homeless and basic needs.
FaithWorld International Church
6115 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639. Call (773) 489-7601
New Life Bilingual Church
Address: 468 Ann St, West Chicago, IL 60185. For hours, dial (630) 231-3315
Free food for Spanish speakers, immigrants and those in need. Or get referrals and other support.
Tuscola United Methodist Church - SAM Pantry
Location is 901 N Prairie St, Tuscola, Illinois 61953. The main phone number is (217) 253-4232
Canned goods, breads, frozen food and other goods are distributed to low income families in Illinois.
People Resource Center
Address is 201 S. Naperville Road, Wheaton, 60187. Call 630-682-5402
In addition to boxes of food, other social services are administered. Get help in applying for SNAP food stamps, public aid, and other support. Or learn about grocery shopping, housing programs, and free basic needs stuff.
Faith Christan Church
21397 IL-40, Sheffield, IL 61361. Phone number - 815-445-2100
Hall Township Food Pantry
500 N Terry St #1300, Spring Valley, IL 61362. Call 815-663-5437
Supports residents of the local community. Free perishable items, baby formula, Christmas meals, and other food items are provided.
Athens Area United Methodist Church Food Bank
110 W Jackson St, Athens, IL 62613. Call (217) 636-8844
CIEDC - Community Action Petersburg
The non-profit is at 809 Old Salem Rd #2, Petersburg, IL 62675. Call (217) 632-3137
More food banks and pantries in Illinois
If these locations are not near you, or if you need to find a more extensive list of food banks and distribution centers in Illinois, try this for information on Feeding America. http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/illinois/ Hundreds of additional food banks and soup kitchens throughout the state can provide anyone in need with free food, hot meals, information on USDA programs and other support as resources allow.
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