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McLean County Illinois food pantries.

Non-profit food centers and pantries in the region are focused on helping the less fortunate. Hundreds of families throughout McLean County Illinois receive meals, free food, groceries, and even Christmas assistance from the pantries.

The centers do have limited resources and they try to help the lowest income and neediest among the community. Many families with children, seniors, and the disabled rely heavily on the pantries and receive a significant amount of food items from them. Or they may call a location for clothing or items such as winter coats or school supplies for children.

Case managers and volunteers from Bloomington Illinois and other towns can also provide other support. This can include guidance and referrals to government programs like food stamps. Some of the McLean locations may even offer financial assistance for basic needs such as housing or energy bills. If you are struggling do not hesitate to contact a non-profit pantry.

Apostolic Pentecostal Church
2810 Tractor Lane
Bloomington, Illinois 61704
(309) 829-3936
May have free food, groceries, and other support for McLean County families. Special holiday and Christmas assistance and meals may be served as well to the needy.




City of Refuge Ministries
APC Food Pantry, City of Refuge Food Pantry
401 E. Jefferson
Bloomington, IL 61701
Call (309) 827-4223
This non-profit can provide non-perishable food items. The goods are made available to those in need of help. Examples of food provided includes canned and dry foods. Additional assistance may be provided to those who qualify when funds and donations are available to those who qualify.

Clare House of Hospitality
Address - 703 E. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Dial (309) 828-4035





Home Sweet Home Ministries, Billy Shelper Center
Main location is 303 E. Oakland Avenue
Bloomington, Illinois 61701
Call (309) 828-7356 for hours.

Jesus House West
914 W. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 242-0310
May be able to help families regardless of income. Special focus may be offered for children and senior citizens in McLean County.

Living Word Ministries
Location is 411 E. Mullberry
Bloomington, IL 61701
Call (309) 750-0246
This organization offers residents access to a food pantry once a month. Emergency groceries may be passed out as well.

Ministry & More, Inc.
Address: 1107 W. Empire
Bloomington, Illinois 61701
(309) 823-9804
This site distributes non-perishable canned foods including frozen food and personal grooming supplies. On occasion, free clothing and toys for children may be offered.

Mount Pisgah Baptist Church
801 W. Market Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Call (309) 828-2571




Mount Pisgah Church Food Pantry, Park United Methodist Church / Methodist Ministries Food Pantry
Location is 704 S. Allin Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61704
Call (309) 829-4665
Clients are single parents and the working poor. Staff also have details on USDA commodities and SNAP food stamps.

Salvation Army Community Center, Bloomington Corps Social Service Center
601 W. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 829-9476
Various emergency assistance and social serves may be offered. It includes a free food pantry, clothing closet, Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance, and maybe even funds for paying rent or energy bills. Turkeys, hams, and meals may be served around the holidays as well.

Mount Moriah Food Pantry, division of Mount Moriah Christian Church
814 Jersey, Normal Illinois
Emergency number is 217 816-6365
The charity serves McLean County area, and is willing to help families and individuals in need. They distribute food each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm.

St. Vincent DePaul Society
711 N. Main Street
Holy Trinity Parish Center
Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 829-9611
A free food pantry/bank is open to the public. Each qualified family coming into the pantry receives meat, a bag of groceries, bread, produce, fruits, and toiletry/cleaning items. In addition, household items, Bibles, books, clothing, and toys are all available.

Temba Food Pantry
14940 Old Colonial Road
Bloomington, Illinois 61704
Call (309) 827-2009

Union Missionary Baptist Church
509 W. Jackson Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Main phone number is (309) 828-1162
A special service is Meals on Wheels for the homebound in McLean County. There may also be fruits, vegetables, dairy items, and more provided.

God's Food Pantry, Veterans Assistance Commission - McLean County
Location is 200 W. Front Street, Suite 400D
Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 888-5140

Western Avenue Community Center
600 N. Western Avenue
Bloomington, Illinois 61701
Main number is (309) 829-4807





First United Church
Address of pantry is 406 W. Seventh Street
Gridley, IL 61744
(309) 747-2299
This center assists Gridley Illinois residents only.

United Church of Heyworth
Food bank address is 302 E. Main Street
Heyworth, IL 61745
(309) 473-2223
May have bags of groceries and canned goods.

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Address is 701 E. Oakland Ave.
Bloomington, Illinois 61701
Dial 309-829-6645
Free boxes of food, pasta, milk, and baby formula is available in McLean County. There may also be Christmas or Thanksgiving meals, clothing from a thrift store, and baby supplies.

Carlock Christian Church
310 E. Washington
Carlock, 61725

Catholic Charities Bloomington
Food bank/soup kitch address: 705 N Main, Bloomington
Peoria, IL 61701
Phone - (309) 829-6307
The church has many social services. There is financial aid, shelter, and food for single moms and kids. Staff also provide applications to SNAP food stamps, school supplies, and other anti-poverty programs.

LeRoy Christian Church
603 S. East Street
Le Roy, IL 61752
(309) 962-9686

Center for Hope Outreach Programs
Address - 1801 W. Hovey, Unit E
Normal, IL 61761
Call (309) 452-8240
This center may offer referrals, assistance for basic needs, and boxes or bags of food. Many different items may be passed out.

College Avenue Baptist Church
1320 E. College Avenue
Normal, Illinois 61761
Telephone number is (309) 452-3359

Eastview Christian Church
Location is 1500 N. Airport Road
Normal, IL 61761
Call (309) 451-5060
The very low income and homeless may receive a box of food. Students and teenagers may also receive a snack or meal when school is out of session.

Saybrook Christian Church
113 E. Harrison PO Box 256
Saybrook, IL 61770
(309) 475-6491

Helping Hands Community Center
Location is 105 W. Boundary
Stanford, Illinois 61774
Telephone number is (309) 379-2119
The pantry is for Allin Township and Stanford residents. Food and emergency services are offered too

For referrals to other pantries, soup kitchens or special meal programs for seniors or the disabled, dial 217.328.3663. Residents can also get applications to Commodity Supplemental Food, free lunches for children, and much more.



By Jon McNamara

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