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Free food pantries, meals and groceries in Tazewell County.

Low to moderate income families can turn to a free food pantry in Tazewell County for help. The non-profits will try to provide the applicant with a box of groceries most days (even today), offer them a meal, or, at the least, referrals. The hours of operation of each charity or church that provide food is limited, so it is recommended to call a food pantry or soup kitchen near you, listed below, in advance. Also find a phone number for other food and grocery services at the bottom of the page.

What is available is sometimes limited to just fresh or canned food, but some Tazewell County distribution centers offer much more. When available, it is likely to get other more basic needs, such as clothes or school supplies. While always a possibility, but not as common, some of the food pantries also provide financial help in a crisis, such as vouchers for medications or an energy bill. Many also offer free Meals on Wheels delivery.

Whether it is information on Meals on Wheels for the home bound, a box of food, help in applying for USDA commodities, or Christmas or Thanksgiving food, the centers below may be able to help. This will depend on the generosity of the community though.

St. Vincent DePaul-Pekin
Address is 620 St. Joseph Place
Pekin, Illinois 61554
Telephone number is 309-346-2383
The pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-11:30. The charity also provides other social services, such as information on SNAP food stamps, clothing, and furniture from a thrift store.

Delavan Food Pantry
212 Locust Street
Delavan, 61734
Dial the center at 309-244-8213.
It is open Thursday 8:30-10:30 a.m. only.

Creve Coeur Christian
101 S. Thorncrest
Creve Coeur, Illinois 61610
Telephone number is 309-699-8421
An emergency food bank. There may be groceries, canned goods such as rice, and fresh fruits or vegetables too.




Community Harvest
Main address - 1901 S. Fourth Ave.
Morton, 61550
It is open Saturday from 10-12.

East Peoria Food Pantry - Tazewell County
154 E. Washington
East Peoria, Illinois 61611
Phone: 309-699-5417

Salvation Army-Pekin
Address is 243 Derby
Pekin, 61554
Main phone – 309-346-3010
They provide a free food pantry, thrift store, and Christmas or Thanksgiving meals in Tazewell County. The non-profit also offers financial aid, back to school supplies, and baby formula/diapers from a pantry.

Pleasant Valley Baptist
Location is 301 E. Bittersweet Rd.
Washington, Illinois 61571
The main phone number is 309-745-9037

Pekin Union Mission Society
Address is 203 Court Street
Pekin, Illinois 61554
Phone : 309-346-0724





Pekin Township
Address: 420 Elizabeth
Pekin, 61554
Dial the center at 309-346-3194
The food bank is open Wednesday only for low income residents of the town. Volunteers will also deliver meals to senior citizens as well as the home-bound in the municipality.

Parkway Christian Church
Address is 2221 Parkway Dr.
Pekin, Illinois 61554
The free food bank is open the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Liberty Baptist Church
Location is 2105 Sheridan Rd.
Pekin, 61554
Main phone number – 309-346-9612
Volunteers collect items for struggling Tazewell County families. Food, applications to CSFP commodities, clothing, and small Christmas gifts may all be provided.

Heartland Christian Fellowship
18603 Springfield Rd.
Groveland, Illinois 61535
Phone - 309-387-6501
There is both a soup kitchen and food pantry. Families living in poverty can get help. Other items include clothing, school supplies, and summer snacks for students.

Green Valley Food Pantry
102 S. Church
Green Valley, IL 61534
Telephone number is 309-645-6433

Grace United Methodist Food Pantry
Location - 503 N. 4th Street
Pekin, 61554
Call for days of operation. The number is 309-202-0926

Grace Cafe soup kitchen
503 N. 4th Street
Pekin, IL 61554
A hot meal is served along with case management. The charity tries to meet USDA nutritional guidelines, and even provides individuals tips to shop most effectively.





First Baptist Church of Pekin
711 S. 4th Street
Pekin, 61554
Dial the center at 309-347-5965
Both a soup kitchen serving lunch and dinner is available. The pantry may have fruits, vegetables, rice, and paper products too.

Evangelical United Methodist
Address: 401 Walnut
Washington, IL 61571

Additional food assistance programs in Tazewell County

For the locations as well as hours of other food pantries or public benefits, such as free school lunches or Meals on Wheels, dial 217.328.3663. Many other programs are available in Tazewell County that can help low income families that are facing hunger.


By Jon McNamara

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