Tazewell County assistance programs.

Find information on different resources and programs to turn to for help. Various agencies and charities operate throughout the county to provide help to low income residents.

Food pantry

Catholic Charities of Peoria runs a food pantry that supports families in Tazewell County Illinois. They run an emergency food pantry that provides groceries as well as non-perishable food items to area residents in need of a helping hand and food aid for themselves and their families. Unfortunately the food assistance provided is limited to one time per month for each family that successfully applies. You can call them at 636-8000.

Another place to turn to for help is the Christian Civic Outreach. Their phone number is 347-2639. This agency also provides both food and clothing for low-income and other needy people in Tazewell County Illinois. They partner with other churches and non-profits to provide this assistance, and also are a great place to turn to for information about local charity organizations.

There are about 20 other emergency food pantries in the region. Most are open a few days per month, however they can be turned to for meals, free groceries, baby formula, and help at Christmas too. Many even offer information on applying for SNAP food stamps. More Tazewell County food pantries.

Get medical help and prescription medications

Patients of all ages are assisted at OSF Sisters Community Healthcare. Dial 624-9690 to make an appointment. The St. Francis Community Clinic is also part of the facility. A wide variety of medical services are offered at the clinic, including patients of the clinic may obtain their medications at the on site pharmacy.





Legal support for civil cases

You can get free legal services and representation from attorneys and law professionals if you are a low income person or over 60 years old, and if you have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them. You can receive help for housing law (such as foreclosures and evictions), family law, help with government programs, employment law, help dealing with illegal debt collection practices, and other cases. A legal professional will be assigned to your case to advise you of your rights. They can be reached at 1-800-322-2280.

Assistance for bills and expenses

The Tazewell County Salvation Army, which is located in Pekin Illinois and can be reached at (309) 346-3010, offers low income, the unemployed, and other struggling residents with a wide variety of assistance programs and free services. While the financial assistance they can provide will vary based on funding, the agency has been known to pass out money for paying electric and heating bills, provide rent and mortgage assistance, and it runs a food pantry as well.

Salvation Army supports a number of families and lower income residents. Each month a few hundred people turn to this agency. The non-profit can address basic needs such as utilities, food, clothing, rent, shelter, car repairs, gasoline, bus tickets, public transportation, and more. Direct financial assistance can help pay for basic necessities as listed above.

Holiday programs operate too. Donations provide families in need with toys, Christmas dinners, and clothing. Volunteers can distribute gifts to seniors, shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes in Tazewell.

Other programs include the Salvation Army Before & After School program, which is open for K-6th graders. The Harold J. Rust Transitional Center is run by them and is a shelter for women, families, and single men who are working towards independence. Receive shelter, free meals and case management services. 243 Derby Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554, telephone (309) 346-3010




Churches all across Tazewell operate a food bank, offer free clothing, financial aid and more. The faith based groups provide other support to the needy as well. There are baby supplies, furniture, and possible referrals to government grant and housing programs. The charity and its churches are focused on helping low income families, children, and seniors in the community. Learn more.

The local community action agency, Tazwood Community Services, Inc. (phone number (309) 266-9941) is a non-profit agency that can provide short term solutions, while working with the client to help them become self-sufficient over the long term. Some programs they offer themselves, and some of the government grant based programs they can refer people to. At the agency you can learn more about services for :

  • Low Income Energy Program (LIHEAP) - Helps pay for heating and summer cooling bills.
  • Weatherization - A free program that will help homeowners reduce their monthly utility bills.
  • Housing - Learn about where to turn to for rent and mortgage help.
  • General assistance - Food programs, including pantries, free clothing, and other aid.
  • Referrals to food banks, sources of loans for paying bills, job placement, and information on homeless prevention programs that can assist with rent or deposits.

Other support mays also be arranged by the non-profit. Read more Tazwood Community Services assistance programs.

Tazewell County transitional housing and shelter programs - Residents that are facing imminent eviction or that are homeless can get help from short term housing and non-profits. Agencies will provide shelter, meals, and help clients find a new safe and affordable home to live in. Click here.



By Jon McNamara

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