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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 them to get the specifics of the services and the resources they offer, and find a referral number at the bottom of the page.

Feeding Illinois 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 Illinois free food pantries

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
4100 W. Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, Illinois 60632
(773) 247-3663
Service area: Chicago and Cook County. Thousands of families from the metro region use this center to meet their nutritional needs.

Central Illinois Foodbank
2000 E. Moffat
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 522-4022
Service area: Adams, Bond, Brown, Cass, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jefferson, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, and Shelby counties.





Food Pantry at Norris City Church Of God
Address is 106 Spence St.
Norris City, 62869

W.A.D.I. - Food Bank
108 E. Jefferson
McLeansboro, 62859
Phone - 618-643-2161

Eastern Illinois Foodbank
2405 North Shore Drive
Urbana, IL 61802-7221
(217) 328-3663
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.

Northern Illinois Food Bank
600 Industrial Drive
St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone number - (630) 443-6910
Service area: Boone, Dekalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will, and Winnebago counties.

Peoria Area Food Bank
721 W. McBean St.
Peoria IL 61605
(309) 671-3906
Service area: DeWitt, Fulton, Livingston, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodward counties.

River Bend Foodbank
309 12th Street
Moline, Illinois 61265
Telephone number is (309) 764-7434
Service area: Bureau, Carroll, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jo Davies, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Warren, and Whiteside counties

Crossroads Bible Church
583 Hwy 45
Norris City, 62869
618-272-7021 or 618-599-7943





Food Pantry - Helping Hand
151 State Street
Crossville, IL 62827
Dial 618-966-2065 for help

Least of the Brethren
1100 Kennedy Drive
Pinckneyville, 62274

Reformed Presbyterian Church
321 South Ervin Street
Cutler, 62238
Call the pantry at 618-497-2489

Pantry at Western Egyptian EOC-DuQuoin
310 East South Street
DuQuoin, Illinois 62832

Amboy First Baptist Food Pantry
Address is 24 N Mason
Amboy, 61310
Contact: Carol Fritz
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
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 Pantry
Main address 2907 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, 60616
(312) 842-1919
In a crisis, call this non-profit pantry for assistance, including food, referrals, government commodities, WIC applications and more.







Liberty Temple
2233 W 79th St.
Chicago, 60620
Call (773) 737-6369

Beautiful Zion M.B. Church
1406 W 64th St.
Chicago, 60636
(773) 778-7271
Hot lunches, meals, and more are served. Elderly may receive food brought to their home.

New Gresham
Location 8700 S Emerald Ave
Chicago, 60620
Call (773) 651-8446

Metro Community Outreach
Food bank address is 5856 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 667-2205

Food pantry at Project Care
710 E 62nd St.
Chicago, 60637
Phone number: (773) 684-9688

St. Philomena Church
Primary address is 1921 N Kedvale Ave
Chicago, 60639
Dial (773) 489-1100
Hot meals, a feeding site, and perishable food items may be passed out to senior citizens and the working poor.

FaithWorld International Ch.
4047 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, 60639
Call (773) 489-7601

118 First Street
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108

464 Ann Street
West Chicago, 60185

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.

Address is 201 S. Naperville Road
Wheaton, 60187
In addition to boxes of food, other social services are administered. Get help in applying for SNAP food stamps, public aid, and other support.





1201 Twombly Road
DeKalb, 60115
Phone number - 815-756-7906

324 W. McKinley Street
Hinckley, Illinois 60520
Telephone number - 815-286-9500

346 S. County Line Road
Lee, Illinois 60530

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.

Faith Christan Church
21397 Illinois Hwy 40
Sheffield, IL 61361
Contact: Russ Wagner
Phone number - 815-445-2100

Hall Township Food Pantry
500 Terry
Spring Valley, 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 Food Pantry
205 N. Main St.
Athens, 62613
(217) 636-8844

CIEDC - Community Action Petersburg
809 Old Salem Rd.
Petersburg, IL 62675
(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. 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.

By Jon McNamara

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