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Macon County Illinois free food pantries.

As many as 20 food pantries in the Macon County area help struggling families. The locations, many of which are churches or charities, provide a wide assortment of goods, most of which are free. What a Decatur Illinois area resident may find at a pantry includes the following.

-Free groceries, many of which are canned.
-Perishable food, including fruits, dairy, baby formula, and meats.
-Free hot meals are served at some sites, including at Christmas or Thanksgiving.
-Some food pantries also have hygiene supplies, feminine products, paper goods, and more.

The primary Macon County Illinois food pantries are below. Note most of them are open only one or two days per week. It is recommended to call in advance for hours as well as the application process.

250 W Decatur
Decatur, Illinois 62522
Main phone number is 217-423-7783
The pantry is only open Wednesday from 10:00am-12pm.

Decatur Catholic Charities
Address is 239 W. Prairie
Decatur, IL 62523
Dial 217-428-3458
A number of assistance programs are available. The food pantry and clothing closet help low income Macon County families. There is also financial aid, supplies including diapers, hot meals served, and nutritional classes organized.




Heartland Community Church
3253 N. Brush College Road
Decatur, Illinois 62521
Main phone: 217-877-x26
The food bank is open Tuesday afternoon only.

Hopeful Hearts
2701 E. Faries Pkwy
Decatur, Illinois 62561
Main number is 217-428-9400
The charity has a mobile pantry. It changes locations in Macon County. Groceries, fresh produce, meat, items such as pasta and peanut butter, and more is passed out.





Moundford Free Methodist Food Bank
1803 E. Mound Rd.
Decatur, IL 62524
Main number is 217-877-1577

New Vision Church of God
1414 W. Grove Road
Decatur, IL 62523
Main phone: 217-423-7333
In addition to the pantry, there is a soup kitchen. The homeless can eat there, and a Meals on Wheels service is organized for senior citizens.

Niantic Christian Church Food Pantry
Address is 270 Broadway St.
Niantic, Illinois 62551
Phone: 217-412-9285

Salvation Army - Decatur
137 S. Church
Decatur, Illinois 62523
Main phone - 217--217
The site is open 5 days per week. Programs include Adopt a Family at Christmas (hot meals and free toys), an emergency food pantry, applications to SNAP food stamps, and other aid.




Ambassadors for Christ
1705 N. Maple
Decatur, IL 62523
Dial 217-877-5220

Blue Mound Inter-Church Council
113 S. College St.
Blue Mound, IL 62513
Main number is 217-820-3988

Good Samaritan Inn
Soup kitchen is at 920 N Union
Decatur, IL 62523
They serve a Lunch 7 days/week 11:30am-1:00pm

Homework Hangout Club
Location is 249 S. Webster
Decatur, Illinois 62521
Dial 217-872-2306
Summer Hours of Operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8a-7:30p. They are also open during the school year. Children can stop by for snacks, a safe place to go, and learn about school lunch programs too.

Maroa Community Pantry
430 E. Main
Maroa, IL 61756
Telephone: 217-794-3780

Mt. Zion Food Pantry
1220 W. Main St.
Mt. Zion, Illinois 62549
Dial 217-864-4813 for information.
Families in Mt Zion only can get help. Free groceries, holiday meals, clothing, and more.





Niantic United Methodist Church
211 E. North St.
Niantic, IL 62551
Call 217-668-2453

Northeast Community Fund
Address is 825 N. Water
Decatur, IL 62523
Main number is 217-429-5846
When it comes to food, the hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am-11:30pm & 12:30pm-2pm

For information on other Morgan County programs, dial 217.522.4022. There is everything from USDA food programs to Meals on Wheels, household supplies, WIC vouchers for single moms, and senior care.


By Jon McNamara

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