Iroquois County assistance programs.

The main services in Iroquois County focus on offering free food along with minimal financial help to paying critical bills. The funding for these programs will often originate from community action agencies as well as charities such as the Salvation Army, but several other non-profits may also provide help.

Watseka Ministerial Alliance is made up of local churches. They partner with the Salvation Army to provide one time financial help. The place to apply at is the First United Methodist Church, which is located at 301 S. 4th Street in Watseka, Illinois 60970. What may be provided is as follows. Phone - (815) 432-4903.

  • Emergency rental assistance to stop evictions.
  • Money for a portion of gas or heating bills.
  • Shelter and transitional housing in Iroquois County, including for veterans.
  • Other resources include lodging, a food pantry, and Christmas assistance programs.

East Central Illinois Community Action Agency – The non-profit has two locations in Iroquois County. They are as follows. There is a site at Gilman Family Center at 210 North Central (dial (800) 764-2555) as well as the Watseka Center at 1001 E. Grant Street, Watseka, IL 60970, call (815) 432-5900. More information is below, or read more on East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.

ECI offers cash grants from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The funds help with paying heating and utility bills, with a focus on summer and cold winter months. Iroquois County families can also learn about resources ranging from job placement to ESL classes, Head Start, and state benefits such as food stamps. Other aid is provided too, such as referrals to agencies that assist with deposits or that offer help with paying back rent.

Catholic Charities churches also help families, veterans, the poor, and veterans in Iroquois County among others. There is a mobile food pantry, elderly case management and budgeting support, financial for for bills or rent, and assistance for children or students. There is referrals, job programs, clothing, and more. The faith based charity is for the poor and less fortunate. Continue with Iroquois and Kankakee County Catholic Charity programs.





Free food banks and pantries in Iroquois County

There are several places for low income families to turn to for groceries, hot meals, and even applications to SNAP food stamps or WIC. The pantries are there to help working poor residents and they can also help families that are facing a crisis. Whether it is a free box of food, holiday meal, clothes, or hygiene items, help is provided.

Sheldon Area Food Pantry – Families can visit at most once per month. It is at 107 N. 4th Street.

First United Methodist Church – The food bank can be used every other month. Groceries, free infant formula, diapers, hygiene items, and more may be offered by the charity. The center is 301 S. 4th Street, Watseka, Illinois 60970, dial (815) 432-0122.

God's Little – The charity (phone (815) 432-1182) has an emergency food pantry in Iroquois County. Location is 425 W. North Street in Watseka, Illinois.

Zion Lutheran Church (a.k.a. Clifton Community Food Bank) is at 101 N. Maple Street. Everything from food to paper goods, cleaning supplies, soap and more is available. The center is in Clifton, IL 60927. Dial (815) 697-2747 for information.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church - God's Food Pantry is at 116 N. Thomas Street, Gilman, IL 60938. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, clothing, small toys, school supplies, and more is provided. Phone (815) 432-3988.





Martinton region – Address is 213 Thomas Street, Martinton, Illinois 60951. Charities have toilet paper, first aid supplies, laundry, soap, groceries, shampoo for the homeless, and other assistance.

There are several other soup kitchens and food banks in the county. The case management services that are available will also direct the client to long term assistance. Click more information.

By Jon McNamara

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