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Free food pantries and groceries McHenry County Illinois.

Low-income families in McHenry County Illinois that need help with groceries can turn to a free food pantry. Several non-profits, churches and charity organizations, as well as churches, provide the needy with free food, groceries, meals, personal hygiene supplies and other support. Find a free food pantry near you in McHenry County IL.

Hundreds of local families or people with no money or income use the centers each month. They can receive short term support today in the form of a free bag or box of food when they are faced with a crisis. Each food bank, pantry or soup kitchen in the county has different hours and conditions that need to be met by applicants.

Due to resource limitations, some of the McHenry Illinois pantries will also limit how much or how often an individual can access the pantry. There are also drive thru food banks for easier access too. However the organizations will do their best to never turn anyone away, even including for pet food or supplies. Learn more on free cat food and litter.

Stop by a free distribution center for items such as emergency food boxes, canned goods, Christmas or Thanksgiving meals and more. There are also Meals on Wheels home delivery services for seniors or the disabled in McHenry County. Or a social worker or volunteer may have suggestions and applications for public aid such as SNAP food stamps.

Where to get free food in McHenry County

McHenry County Society of St. Vincent DePaul - St. Margaret Mary Church
Location - 111 South Hubbard Street, Algonquin, Illinois 60102. Call (847) 628-5161
Volunteers from the charity will stop by local pantries to deliver food to seniors and homebound. Others may receive help in a crisis. There is free food, boxes of food, pasta, cereal, eggs, dairy and other items for low-income families in McHenry County.

  • St. Peter and Paul Church is also a St. Vincent charity participant. Location is 410 N. First Street, Cary, IL 60013. Call the center at (847) 516-2636. Food, social services, clothing, meals, and a thrift store are all available. People with no money, the homeless and poor will be able to get a free box of food or hot meal.




St Barnabas Lutheran Church - Cary Grove Food Pantry
8901 Cary Algonquin Road, Cary, IL 60013. Main number is (847) 516-3602

Fellowship of Faith
Location is 6120 Mason Hill Rd, McHenry, IL 60050. Telephone: (815) 759-0739
The charity has a food pantry and drive thru location too. There may be paper products, soup, canned meat or fruits, free holiday food baskets and other goods.

Christ Community Church - Huntley Campus
Address: 10547 Faiths Way, Huntley, IL 60142. Call (224) 569-6501

Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Call (815) 455-0961
As resources provide, will provide up to 25% of a family's food needs. Residents can use the facility up to 2 times per month. The pantry is client choice so people can “shop” for only what they need.

Salvation Army of McHenry County
290 W. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Call (815) 455-2769 for intake
Offers short term, emergency assistance such as food or groceries to low income and struggling families and individuals. In addition to food, meals, and holiday aid, other assistance can include emergency rent and shelter funds, medical prescriptions assistance, clothing and winter coat vouchers, and transportation. Or get help in applying for government and Illinois programs, such as food stamps or TANF cash assistance. Other resources include Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts for children. Find how to get help from Salvation Army in McHenry County.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Conference
1023 McHenry Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Call the pantry at (815) 701-2737

Harvard Food Pantry
Main address - 6817 Harvard Hills Rd, Harvard, Illinois 60033. Call (815) 943-4909





St. Joseph Catholic Church
206 E Front St, Harvard, IL 60033. Telephone number - (815) 943-6406
In addition to a year round food pantry, they also give away free Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.

Calvary Assembly of God - 12 Baskets Sharing Center
5906 S Illinois Rte 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Phone: (815) 459-4456
Free food, groceries and counseling. They also direct people to SNAP benefits, WIC, USDA assistance and other goods.

Light of Christ Church
1700 Longmeadow Pkwy, Algonquin, IL 60102. Phone: (847) 658-9250

Faith Acres Foundation
Address: 215 E State Rd Unit H, Island Lake, IL 60042. Phone: (815) 669-0188

Iglesia Casa de Vida
Address: 4513 Front Royal Dr, McHenry, IL 60050. Main Phone: (815) 669-1406
There is a free emergency food pantry, soup kitchen and other feeding programs. They also give meals and groceries to migrant farm workers, immigrants in McHenry County and others in need.

Free food pantries McHenry County ILHebron Community Food Pantry
This is for town residents only. The pantry is in the social service office. Call the food bank at (815) 648-2320 for hours or 815-790-7267 or 815-648-2070.

Grafton Food Pantry
Location is 11481 Allison Court, Huntley, Illinois 60142. Call (847) 495-0922
What may be offered includes can goods, groceries, fruits, vegetables, and meals for students. The pantry is open limited hours.

Grafton Township
10109 Vine Street, Huntley, IL 60142. Telephone number - (847) 669-3328
Also can help people apply for public aid such as food stamps.

Algonquin-Lake In The Hills Interfaith Food Pantry
Address: 1113 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156. Call (847) 854-1904
The non-profit can provide temporary immediate access to food and groceries for families in need living within the boundaries of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills. Qualified clients of the pantry may make selections from a "supermarket" style set-up which includes the use of shopping carts. Acquire items such as refrigerated and frozen foods, canned goods, baby formula and more is available. Please also donate if you can.




Marengo Area Outreach Enterprises
Address: 829 Greenlee Street, Marengo, IL 60152. Call the charity at (815) 568-7950

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockford and McHenry County
5141 W. Bull Valley Road, McHenry, Illinois 60050. Call (815) 344-6956
The Emergency Assistance Program may have funds for bills, food, clothing, and more. A thrift store has clothing and winter goods. Children and seniors can get hot meals or snacks. There is baby formula for single moms in McHenry County, free government commodities such as cheese, milk, or bread and senior meals too.

FISH of McHenry Food Pantry
3515 N. Richmond Road, McHenry, IL 60050. Telephone - (815) 344-4717
The charity runs a free food pantry that provides canned goods, occasional fresh produce/dairy/meat, and other personal items.

Church of the Holy Apostles
Address - 5211 Bull Valley Rd, McHenry, IL 60050. Call (815) 385-5673
The food bank at the site is available with milk, meat, non-perishable items, and dry canned goods. Pantry also has school supplies, diapers, personal hygiene products, and offers holiday help.

Northern Illinois Helping Hands
The non-profit is at 2502 Spring Ridge Drive Spring Bluff Industrial Park, Spring Grove, IL 60081. Telephone number (815) 245-7345. Call the food pantry for details.

St. Peter Parish, Society of St. Vincent DePaul
2118 Main Street, Spring Grove, IL 60081. Call (815) 675-2288

Harvest Bible Chapel-Crystal Lake
Food Pantry Address is 580 Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake, IL  60014
Open Saturdays from 9-11 and they deliver to the Home. This is part of Meals on Wheels. For more information, dial the church at 847-398-7005 and ask for Crystal Lake Church Office.

Christ the King Catholic Church
5006 E. Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake, Illinois 60097. Dial (815) 653-2501 or (815) 653-2561  for hours of the pantry.

Wonder Lake Neighbor Food Pantry
Address: 3506 E. Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake, IL 60097. Phone - (815) 355-5459
The location serves as a nonprofit food pantry serving the areas of Ringwood, Wonder Lake, McCullom Lake, Greenwood, and Woodstock Illinois.

St. Mary's Church
Main site is at 312 Lincoln Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098. Dial (815) 334-7711
The church also serves as a B.R.E.A.D. Ministry.







Woodstock Food Pantry
1033 Lake Avenue, Dorr Township Office, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone number is (815) 337-0375
This site distributes donated and purchased food and personal products to the working poor and other needy individuals and families in the Woodstock area. Receive food once each month or bread and even pastry products too.

Additional free food programs near you in McHenry County

There are other charities, churches and emergency food pantries, many open daily. There are also agencies such as Feeding America in McHenry County, benefit programs including free school lunches or breakfasts, Meals on Wheels, WIC applications and more.


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