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Free food pantries, meals and groceries Sangamon County.

Springfield Illinois and Sangamon County families can get help from a food pantry near them. Many are operated by non-profit agencies in the region as well as churches or charities. Each center will do its best to feed the hungry, poor, and less fortunate in the community. Find where to get free groceries today in Sangamon County, and also locate a referral number at the bottom of the page for more local hunger prevention programs.

Some of the main pantries to call are below. Not only can someone maybe receive a free (or low cost) bag of groceries or a hot meal, but centers will often refer applicants to longer term support. This can include SNAP food stamps, Meals on Wheels or other resources offered by the state of Illinois. There is often referrals to local soup kitchens or resources for families living in poverty.

Some of the goods offered by food banks in Sangamon County can include rice, breads, fruits, and water. If the family has a child, then baby formula or applications to free snacks during the summer months may be arranged. The pantries are usually open limited hours.

Holy Cross Parish
125 East Washington Street
Auburn, Illinois 62615
Main phone number is (217) 438-6222
The church runs a food pantry and resources are available to those families that live in Auburn Township.

Ball-Chatham Food Pantry - Presbyterian Church
Address is 1835 E. Walnut Street
Chatham, Illinois 62629
Call (217) 801-1472
A phone application is needed. If approved for assistance, a time will be set up with the applicant to meet with a volunteer to pick up free food and groceries at the Chatham Presbyterian Church. In order to receive help you also must live in the Ball-Chatham school district or attend a church in the area.

Loami Area Community Food Pantry
Address: 106 S. Main Street
Loami, IL 62661
Telephone number for hours is (217) 624-9900
This non-profit pantry serves Waverly, Loami, New Berlin, Berlin, and Curran residents.




Riverton Food Pantry
Location - 112 N. 6th Street
Riverton, Illinois 62561
(217) 391-6590
A food bank is available to those who qualify, can provide their need, have ID, and meet other conditions.

Abundant Faith Christian Center - West Reynolds Campus
Location - 301 W. Reynolds
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 585-4000
This particular charity ministry offers a so called “hand of hope” to those in need of food, clothing, holiday meals, and other support, even including counseling or prayer. Both Christmas and Thanksgiving meals may be served in Sangamon County.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Springfield
1023 E. Washington Street
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 523-2450
The assistance is offered as part of the Crisis Assistance & Advocacy Office. Household items and canned goods, perishable food, government commodities and other items are available to those in need in Sangamon County. Household items offered can include towels, blankets, sheets and small kitchen supplies as well.

First Presbyterian Church of Springfield
321 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 528-4311

Deacon's Food Pantry as well as the Grace Lutheran Food Pantry
Location is 714 E. Capital Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Call (217) 522-9707 or the church can be reached at (217) 522-3965





Kumler Outreach Ministries
303 N. Grand Avenue East
Springfield, IL 62702
Main phone number is (217) 523-2269
This is a pantry known as “choice”, which allows people to shop and pick out groceries for themselves and their families. As resources allow, up to three- to four-days' worth of free food is provided and can include meat, vegetables and fruits, spaghetti, canned chili or meats, soup, crackers, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese. There may also be packaged noodle dishes, cereals, bread, and other miscellaneous donated items, such as cake mixes or tea and sugar.

Salvation Army of Springfield
530 N. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 525-2196
Another choice food pantry, similar to above. Free Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter meals are served too. Other social services, including emergency financial aid for bills or rent, may be offered to low income or unemployed Sangamon families.

Serving Jesus Willingly Urban Ministries, Inc.
The food bank is at 2027 South Grand Avenue
Arvenia L. Winger Outreach Center
Springfield, Illinois 62704
Telephone number: (217) 494-1407

St. Martin DePorres Center
1725 E. South Grand Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62703
(217) 528-2851
A quarterly food pantry is available.

In addition to the pantries above, some other places to contact can include the following. While they will mostly have clothing and furniture, some foodstuffs and/or referrals may be available too. They may also have assistance for the disabled and elderly in the community.

  • Avenue Thrift, 719 W Jefferson, call 528-8580
  • Contact Ministries, 1100 E Adams, telephone 753-3939
  • Freedom in Holiness Mission, 522-2527
  • 5th Street Renaissance, 1315 N. 5th, call the non-profit at 544-5040
  • Goodwill Sangamon office, 800 N 10th, 789-0400. There are a few other thrift stores at 2531 N Dirksen Parkway and also 2001 Wabash Avenue.
  • Kumler Ministries - 303 N. Grand Ave, dial 523-2269 for hours.
  • MERCY House Furniture Store, telephone - 787-7488.
  • Salvation Army Thrift Stores are at 1762 W Wabash (phone 546-1218) and also 11th & Jefferson (dial 528-7573).
  • St Martin DePorres Center, 528-2851.
  • Washington St Mission, address - 408 N 4th, phone 544-9011.
  • YWCA-421 E Jackson, 522-8828

Real Life Church
2450 Taylor Ave.
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Main phone - 217-528-2299





Daily Bread/Senior Services of Central IL
address is 701 W. Mason
Springfield, IL 62702
Call 217-528-4035
Senior citizens can apply for Meals on Wheels and they also provide USDA commodities. There is also a congregate meal site.

Tri-City Food Pantry
Location is 305 S. Church St.
Mechanicsburg, IL 62545
Call the Sangamon charity. Resources for low income families include free baby formula, groceries, and household goods.

Find more free food programs near you in Sangamon County Illinois

For more hunger prevention programs in Sangamon County Illinois, call Feeding America at 217 522.4022. The staff can direct clients to SNAP food stamp programs or local pantries. Another option is the USDA Free and Reduced School Lunch Program.


By Jon McNamara














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